From Femi Oyelola , Kaduna
The Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman Northern Committee on restructuring, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said peaceful dialogue and negotiation is what Nigerians need to address the agitation for the breakup of the country instead of war.
He stated this in at a press conference after the committee met with traditional leaders yesterday.
Tambuwal said nobody is going to get positive result through war or violence in as much as restructuring Nigeria is concerned rather all party concerned must now come to the round table for discussion.
He disclosed that the committee has initiated a process of engagement with other stakeholders in different parts of the country. The Governor who led other members of the committee for the meeting amongst which are ; Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai and Nassarawa State Governor Tango Almukura said the committee was constituted by the Northern Governors’ Forum to Collate all matter on restructuring and present a robust data base of information from across the North that will be presented to the forum for the benefit of the region.
“ We agreed that the technical committee should work on previous documents, conferences and position papers presented by stakeholders from the North. Thereafter the technical committee will report back to us within 3weeks.
“ Every state will conduct public hearing in all its senatorial zones before the 26th October,2017 when we will be meeting to present our finding to the Northern Governors’ Forum and the Traditional Rulers Council”, He said.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers the Emir of Kano Mohammadu Sanusi II said the joint meeting has looked into three (3) key issues which are; commitment to the unity of the country, constitutional reform and regional conversation to express the pressing issues of restructuring.
“The second point is that, we have to look into constitutional reform of Federal
“The second point is that, we have to look into constitutional reform of Federal Republic of Nigeria so that questions like what exactly is the division of power of state.
“what exactly should be the role of local government and on whether there should be an opportunity for different state to discuss issues around fiscal responsibility of sharing revenue and all that can be discussed and not just sharing of revenue but entire revenue of the government being used for payment of salaries, constitution amendment on issue of National minimum wage,” he said