Atiku’s Journey To The East And The Emotion That Follows

Nigeria News takes a look at the visit of Atiku Abubakar to the southeast Nigeria and his meeting with Professor Ben Nwabueze.

Professor Ben Nwabueze is a foremost constitutional lawyer. Bright, dogged and uncompromising.

On Wednesday, the picture he took with the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar went viral.

The picture speaks loud about the emotion and pain of a man who detests the present political and the Economic situations in the country.

He is an advocate of restructuring and a torchbearer in the struggle to reposition Nigeria but all his efforts have refused to yield meaningful results.

But on Wednesday, Nwabueze sobbed and fell into the hands of Atiku when the PDP flagbearer visited him and other members of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu.

Nwabueze is 86 and had not for once relented to fight on but on Wednesday, he was so mindful of his age when he told Atiku, “I will not die until you become a president.” Their meeting was so emotional.

And while reacting, Atiku said that he would not disappoint Nwabueze if given the opportunity to rule this country.

Atiku understands that the noise about secession in the Southeast may go down if only a government can restructure this country, according to the wish of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

He understands that the southeastern people feel alienated and that one of the ways to carry them along is by picking a running mate, Peter Obi from the region.

Of course, Atiku wants big votes from the region and have to visit the Igbo socio/cultural group, Ohanaeze to make a deal.

Atiku is good at this but he will be facing a brick wall if he must pursue the agenda of the Igbos, the restructuring that is very different from the northern agenda where he has hailed from.

Recalled that the All Progressives Congress-led government dropped the idea of restructuring even though it inaugurated a committee, chaired by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to make a recommendation on restructuring.

The recommendation never saw the light of the day because there was a superior northern agenda that would not make restructuring fly. As a matter of fact, the southwestern political elites who started this campaign have stopped abruptly. Except the Pan Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere, members of APC in the west are not talking about restructuring again.

This week, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo explained that what Nigeria needed was good governance, not restructuring. He maintained his advocacy for the state police, resource control, adding that these two areas alone would go a long way in providing good governance.

Where the Southeast may have a problem is when Atiku will fail to do the restructuring, even though he so much believes in it. During Atiku’s visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his former boss, he was schooled on why there should be no restructuring.

Obasanjo told him not to derail from the constitution of the Federal Republic by not venturing into restructuring. The former President threw his weight behind Atiku after the meeting and Atiku promised not to disappoint.

This is Atiku who has promised not to go against the interests of two groups who do not share the same interest. How he will do it, God knows. Not forgetting that Atiku himself has an agenda, which is totally different from the various interests.

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