Published on Aug 29, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
A socio-political group has reminded the Southern Leaders Forum (SLF) and others agitating for the restructuring of Nigeria that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot single-handedly cause the restructuring.
“We want to remind the SLF and their likes that it is not the responsibility of the Presidency to initiate the process of any discourse on constitutional changes within the democratic framework, as the forum has insinuated.”
In a statement, the group, The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) said that the National Assembly is the institution with the constitutional powers to address the grievances of Nigerians on such issues.
The group advised those agitating for restructuring to should channel their demands through the law making arm.
It said that the National Assembly had even commenced the process of constitution amendment and noted that the law makers had said that the issue of restructuring had not been foreclosed.
The statement which was signed by the group’s Chairman and Secretary, Austin Braimoh and Cassidy Madueke respectively, it further advised the agitators to concentrate their efforts on getting their elected representatives to table and pursue their demands according to constitutional procedures.
With specific reference to the Southern Leaders Forum, the Buhari Media Support Group frowned at their description of Nigeria as a failed state on account of its alleged unitary statues.
“As elders and leaders of thought who confirmed that they spent most of their lives fighting for the unity of the country and promoting a new dialogue for a better, just, inclusive and peaceful country, they should not wear the togas of agitation or utter statements capable of generating ill-feelings and social disorder.”
The group advised members of the SLF group, many of who held policy making positions in previous governments, to desist from describing Nigeria as a country that had not attained nationhood.
“If they had done what they were supposed to do when they were in government, Nigeria would not have found itself in the mess that President Buhari is working assiduously to clean up today.”
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