Restructuring Not Our Priority for Now – APC Plays Down Atiku’s Advise

The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress has played down viral suggestions by a prominent party member, Atiku Abubakar to restructure federalism in Nigeria.

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the issue of restructuring is not the party priority for now.

According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration is currently focused on rebuilding the economy, creating jobs and ensuring the security of lives and property.

The APC chief said this in an interview in Abuja, on Friday. He explained that because the issue was important, the party would at the appropriate time; make its position on the matter public.

This is as the Presidency on Saturday said it was on the same page with the ruling APC on calls for the reconstruction of the country. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this in an interview.

Odigie-Oyegun noted that there were several challenges the administration was currently grappling with.

He said, “To bring this additional issue (restructuring) – is not the wisest thing for a nation that is struggling to stabilise to go into an unnecessary diversion at this point.

“Nothing is wrong with the idea but at this time, it is best for us to concentrate on our priorities. As a party, our priority right now is to rebuild the economy, create jobs and deal with the security problems at hand.

“And with what is happening in the Niger Delta you can see that there is so much to do. We must get our priority right some day we will come to that.”

He pleaded with Nigerians not to lose hope because the current challenges were temporary while appealing to them to continue to give unwavering support for the Buhari-led administration to enable it to deliver on its mandate.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar had, on Tuesday, advocated the restructuring of the country to ensure the development and growth of the federating units.

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