Why We Are Against Restructuring Of Nigeria – ACF |The Repubican News

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Spokesman for Northern Delegates in the last National Conference and former National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani

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Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, has said the northern group cannot throw its weight behind the call for restructuring because there is no clear-cut definition for it.

He also claimed that if the restructuring was in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would have shown genuine interest in the agitation for it.

“If restructuring is in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would certainly not be indifferent to it.

“I doubt it because the vice president once raised issues about what is meant by the term ‘restructuring’, considering the fact that some people talk of ‘true federalism’; some talk of ‘fiscal federalism’. Others talk of ‘resource control’ and still others talk about ‘resource ownership’. ACF is not for restructuring. ACF cannot be for a restructuring whose definition is not clear,” Sani told SUNDAY PUNCH.

Speaking further, he said, “ACF has not given restructuring any serious thought, not for lack of ideas but because we do believe the problems of this country are not due to structure or form of government but due more to collapse of national ideals and core values of humanity which have affected the way we do things substantially. By that, I mean our shared values of justice, liberty, common decency and prosperity for all.”

The ACF secretary noted that the country had had a “confederation with a weak centre which the first military coup supplanted with the unitary system before the current federalism that is a compromised between the two extremes.”

“What we now have is a federalism which has 36 states. Yet, some people say it is not working because the states are not viable. But how come Lagos State is viable under the current federalism?” Sani said. (

4 thoughts on “Why We Are Against Restructuring Of Nigeria – ACF |The Repubican News


    I’m, on behalf of some lots, for a very conscientious true fiscal federalism that would implant new socio-eco-politico positive values system in Nigeria OR outright separate Republics to end this contrapted marriage of inconvenience called “one Nigeria”.
    Take it or leave. That’s all !

    • Anonymous says:

      To cut a long story short, restructuring seems to be the only thing we in the south south can do for the rest of the country especially the saprophytic north. You will seriously consider this or face your land lock backward resource poor desert you call a region where cows are more important than humans.

  2. promise says:

    take or leave it, theres no going back is either we restructure or lagbaja for the North, you either choose life or your death, the option is two

  3. Amaka Carol Offor says:

    Arewa resisting restructuring is becausethe North is benefitting more than others. They prefferred to retain it but it is no longer visible. However, it may turn out latter the changes may make the North to exploit their potential and become better off. Their problem currently is the fear of unknown. But North should bear in mind an adage says Nothing venture Nothing gained.

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