Afenifere has blasted Governor El-Rufai for describing those advocating for Nigeria's restructuring as ‘political opportunists.’
While speaking on Channels Television on Thursday, June 29, 2017, El-Rufai described those calling for the Nigeria restructuring as ‘political opportunists.’
Reacting to the Governor’s comment, Afenifere’s publicity secretary, Yinka Odumakin said if implemented, the 2017 Confab report could solve Nigeria’s problem of inequality.
“El-Rufai should tell us his own idea to correct the imbalance in the country, because as far as we are concerned, the 2014 confab report is about the closest to the democratic representation of Nigeria,” Odumakin said.
“The confab consisted of representatives of all segments of the societies in Nigeria. But for somebody, who occupies a responsible office of a governor to be saying those who are talking about restructuring are irresponsible, it is very unfortunate.
“It is very sad for the governor to be talking like an area boy on the television. In Nigeria of today, we can now begin to take a census of those who are against restructuring – they are President Buhari, el-Rufai, Ango Abdullahi, Lai Mohammed and Tanko Yakassai.
“Aside from those people, everybody in Nigeria supports restructuring; that is the song everybody is playing all over the country as of today, whether we like it or not. Those who are against it are insignificant,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, has stated that restructuring is not top of the party's priority.
Oyegun said the party never made a promise to restructure while it was campaigning for the presidential seat because of how contentious the issue is.
He also said the government is more concerned with fulfilling the immediate needs of Nigerians.