Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor has kept his position on the agitation for restructuring. He insisted that the North could not be forced into restructuring as demanded by the Southern parts of the country. He also boasted that those with less numerical strength at the national assembly would remain losing on issues that are not prevalent to those with higher numbers.
El Rufai was empathic when he categorically stated that it is fundamentally wrong for geo-political zone with small population to agitate to be given equal status with the zone with large population. He is the chair of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Panel on True Federalism.
The Kaduna state governor, who spoke at the poorly joined town hall meeting to engage Nigerian youths in Abuja on the argument over the restructuring of the country, warned that the greatest injustice of restructuring would be trying to make “equal to become unequal and unequal to become equal”. He bragged that restructuring would carry on to perish at the National Assembly with the position of the majority Northern parliamentarians at both the Senate and the House of Representatives, adding that with few representatives from the South, the majority will always carry their way.
“You cannot abolish the Senate. For those agitating for restructuring, there is constitutional means of doing so. The National Assembly, including the Senate, which cannot be abolished, is the final hope, for that is where the vote lies. We have a constitutional order, a due process. We are not over-slowing the document in starting afresh. The complaint that the cost of government is high and as such that we should do away with the Presidential system is not right. So, let us be pragmatic,” he said.