APC Leaders: Confusion And Ambiguity In Their Speeches
Nigeria News examines the confusion and ambiguity of speeches made so far by APC leaders in the ongoing call for restructuring.
This is not the best time for Nigerians. It is also a period of uncertainty and confusion among political elites. A period when the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress are divided in their thoughts.
Without mincing words, APC is a divided party but its members and leaders have continued to pretend as if all is well. It is not well with APC, the signals and recent speeches by some of its leaders have confirmed this.
The agitation for secession and clamour for restructuring by the aggrieved members of the public do not only query the polity of the present Federal Government, it has exposed the party the more.
It has asked questions about the manifestos of the party on restructuring and has revealed the insincerity of its leaders about their selfish intentions for Nigeria.
Their speeches are confusing, ambiguous, diplomatic and ambitious. President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the country’s 57th independence anniversary was confusing.
The speech of the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the Kings College Old Boys Association was diplomatic. The speech of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who is also the chairman of the party’s committee on restructuring was ambiguous.
The speeches of the former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at various fora have always been for self-ambition.
Tinubu in his speech had thrown his weight behind restructuring through a true federalism. He advocated for a stronger state government that would not depend on the centre to survive.
While calling for a review of some exclusive legislative list of the constitution to become concurrent so as to favour the lower governments, Tinubu kicked against regionalism being clamoured for by some groups such as the Pan Yoruba social-political, Afenifere and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Tinubu is of the view that Nigeria should better stick with the newest system instead of embracing old formula.
To El-Rufai, Nigeria is in dire need of restructuring but the government should be careful not to embrace the ideas of some groups and individuals who are seeking it for selfish interest.
He stated that the All Progressives Congress would not allow those seeking restructuring for selfish gains to stampede it even though the exercise is one of the manifestos of the party. El-Rufai expressed a personal opinion that some parts of the constitution would need to be reviewed in restructuring the Federal structure.
However, the belief of some of the party leaders is that the former vice president Abubakar is calling for restructuring to score some political marks for his presidential ambition in 2019.
It is on record however that Abubakar has been an advocate of restructuring since 1999. He actually presented to the former President Olusegun Obasanjo a paper suggesting restructuring but his idea was never allowed to fly then.
To APC leadership, Abubakar’s call for restructuring is more of an ambition rather than a way forward for Nigeria.
Perhaps that was why President Buhari described those calling for restructuring as irresponsible. The president also described those seeking Nigeria breakup as hotheaded.
The president said in his anniversary speech that he would not allow the country to breakup under him. He stated that any issue bordering on constitution review should be channelled to the National and state assemblies, adding that the lawmakers had been saddled with the responsibility to do so.
But to Afenifere, president Buhari had confused the call for restructuring with a breakup, as it urged the president to separate the two and take a stance on how to move the country forward.