Nigerians condemn APC for appointing anti-restructuring Kaduna Gov’nor head of restructuring committee
Nigerians have been sending warning signals to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s appointment of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state as head of a 10-man committee on restructuring. They are concerned that the party would pick El-Rufai who has been speaking from both sides of the mouth on restructuring to head such a crucial committee.
In his reaction, lawyer and rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, wondered: “The same governor Nasir El-Rufai, who recently excoriated those calling for the restructuring of the country and also described them as misfits, is the same person that the ruling and failing All Progressives Congress (APC) found worthy to appoint as the chairman of their so-called Restructuring Committee. “If APC thinks that Nigerians are so stupid not to see through their shambolic and ill-fated agenda, they are mistaken. Who is fooling who?
“This is certainly not how to lead. This is not politics. This is fraud. You do not appoint an anti-abortion advocate to formulate family planning policies. Those who are being deceived are those who have accepted to be deceived.” Effiong noted that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, who recently said Nigeria does not need restructuring, was part of the committee. “The El-Rufai that I know is a divisive figure who believes that his views are infallible and that his ways are immune from censorship.
“APC should stop this nononsensical charade. El-Rufai is not the type of person that should lead policy discussion on a highly polarizing matter like restructuring. “A party that campaigned vigorously on the manifesto of restructuring the country only to renege after securing electoral victory, appointed its members who have publicly rejected the necessity for restructuring to articulate the party’s position on the matter is nothing but a duplicitous party bereft of decency. “We are not all dumb in Nigeria. APC should stop fooling itself,” an angry Effiong said. Another top Nigerian activist and convener of the South-South Peoples Assembly, Tony Uranta, said in a post that the APC must stop fooling itself.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has also warned his party leadership not to embark on a project that will anger Nigerians or playing with the sensibility of most citizens who believe that the country should be restructured.
Frank, who was reacting to a 10-man committee set up to articulate APC’s notion on restructuring, strongly condemned appointment of Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-rufai as the committee chairman.
In a statement Frank signed in Abuja on Friday, he said “Governor El-rufai has not hidden his opposition to the issue of restructuring since Nigerians began to remind us of our promise which is boldly written in our party promise book, hence the need to remove him because he does not believe in it.
“The Kaduna state Governor has also called some of our leaders and former Head of State different names because of this issue.”
The APC chieftain recalled that El-rufai, while speaking recently on the Sunrise breakfast show on Channels Television, had described those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria as ‘political opportunists and irresponsible’, a comment, Frank said earned the Governor a nationwide condemnation.
While criticising his party for setting up such committee at all, Comrade Frank believes that “for the fact that restructuring is one of the promises in APC manifestoes, it will amount to deceit if the party renege on its promise.”
He reminded the governors and the National Working Committee (NWC) that the promise of restructuring was one of the reasons Nigerians massively voted for the party in 2015, saying therefore “such issue is a non-negotiable and should be a priority that must be fulfilled.”
He called on APC Governors Forum, National Assembly leaders and all the National leaders of the party to have a rethink on the issue, saying most Nigerians believe that restructuring will address various agitations ongoing in the country.
His words: “I see not reason for setting up a committee for something that is not negotiable at this time.”
Frank assured Nigerians that no matter how some individual try to manipulate the promise, others like him in the party will not keep quiet until the right things are done, adding that restructuring is one promise his party must fulfil.