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Restructuring Nigeria beyond Buhari’s constitutional powers — Yakasai

ELDER statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari could not bring about restructuring all alone as it is outside his constitutional powers to do so.

He urged advocates of the iidea to channel their energies towards prevailing on their representatives in the state and national assemblies to perform their statutory functions by providing the necessary legislative framework required to restructure the country

Yakasai bared his mind on the vexed national issue in a short interview with Punch newspaper.

He said, “The President does not have the powers to restructure Nigeria.

“He can initiate a bill just like every other Nigerian and send the same to the National Assembly for necessary action.

“I will urge proponents of restructuring to send proposals to the national assembly and put pressure on their representatives to do the needful.

“We need to follow the necessary procedure to achieve desired goals. We are currently running a constitutional democracy which requires dialogue and consultation.

“Whatever the issues are, we can approach our legislators and ensure that our voices are heard.”

He added that Nigeria and Nigerians will be the better for it if we stop speaking in discordant tunes but instead allow issues to be debated and agreements reached.

The issue of restructuring has again been pushed to the front burner since Nigeria celebrated her diamond jubilee as an independent nation.

The presidency, however, in a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said, “This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis.”

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