Don’t be deceived, no restructuring before 2019 elections — Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani

Midway into the current tenure of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), at the national level, Kaduna State Senator Shehu Sani has shifted the goal post in a key election campaign promise till after the 2019 elections.

With a tone of finality, Senator Sani, on Sunday told advocates of restructuring to shelve the idea, for now.

Anybody who has a contrary opinion will be deceiving himself, added.

At best, the country should dust up the reports of previous conferences and committees, Sani added in a series of tweets.

Rather than organise another talkshop, which will produce another “duplicitous” reportm Nigerians should not for Godot — endlessly — but do the restructuring being clamoured for in phases, he said further.

He proposes timelines for the phased exercise: economic (2017-2019), political (2019 – 2021) and social (2021-2023)

Sani did not explain what he meant by political and social restructuring.

There has been a spike in the demand for restructuring with the ascendancy in the agitation for secession by Nigerians of the Igbo extraction.

President Muhammadu Buhari has had to subdue thw agitators with the deployment of soldiers to the affected areas.

On Saturday, a national leader of the APC and former Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu joined calls for a restructuring of the polity. One of his key allies, and leader of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila toed the same path,

Both Tinubu and Gbajabiamila cited the concentration of power in the hands of the Federal Government to the detriment of the states and the people of Nigeria.

The Yoruba Summit had in August renewed the call, supported by Governors of the South East while proscribing the secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Sani’s tweets read: “Nobody should deceive anybody and nobody should deceive himself or herself;there will be no restructuring before 2019 elections.

“We either implement reports of previous conferences and committees or we keep producing duplicitous reports and wait for godot.

|Restructuring can be done in phases; Economic restructuring:2017-2019, Political restructuring:2019-2021, Social restructuring:2021-2023.”

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