'I Am Suspecting Lawan, I Don't Think He Supports Restructuring' - Ogun Speaker
The Speaker of the Ogun State House of
Assembly, Olakunle Taiwo Oluomo (Ifo 1 Constituency), has questioned the
willingness of Senate President Ahmed Lawan to initiate the amendment
of Nigeria’s constitution to solve the issues of security and disunity
in the country.
His comment follows Lawan’s reaction to calls for
restructuring by 17 southern governors after a meeting they held in
Asaba, the Delta State capital, to find lasting solutions to the
challenges facing the country.
DAILY POST reports that Oluomo described Lawan’s comment as a premeditated response to the genuine agitations of the people.
Speaker, who spoke in an interview with newsmen on Friday, said “almost
everybody in Nigeria is agitating for restructuring since we don’t know
how we came together in 1914.”
“More so, the Southern Governors
emphasized that they prefer a United Nigeria. Therefore, since they have
said they believe in one Nigeria, all we need to do is to restructure,
devolve power to the federating states, consider appropriate roles for
local governments and traditional rulers in a way that would bring peace
and expected unity to this country,” he said.
The lawmaker said
Lawan should have reacted by collating the ideas, agitations and
opinions of Nigerians and make the National Assembly work towards
achieving the goal instead of condemning the governors.
reminded Lawan that during a recent town hall meeting held in Arewa
House, Kaduna, there were talks about restructuring; saying the Senate
President did not condemn them then.
“Why is he now condemning
the Southern Governors for speaking for their people? I’m suspecting
him. I don’t think the man is ready to tinker with the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a way that will bring lasting peace
or give room to amendments that will lead to peace and security with
appropriate role to local government as a tier of government, to devolve
power to states, review of revenue sharing formula and other issues
that have been the bane of our development in this country,” he said.
further said that if President Muhammadu Buhari cannot convene a
national conference, “Lawan should gather legal luminaries, both from
the North and South, and ask them to work on the opinion of the people”
to formulate an idea for the National Assembly.