Leaders of the Niger Delta have given the Federal Government of Nigeria a 90-day deadline to Restructure Nigeria
The federal administration, under by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been tasked with restructuring the country.
The federal government has been given a 90-day deadline to grant this demand, according to Niger Delta leaders.
Meanwhile, they have pledged that they will not tolerate the government’s repressive treatment of the region.
The federal government has received a strong message. The message was sent by the geopolitical zone of the south-south.
Following a conference in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, leaders in the zone handed the federal government a three-month deadline to begin the restructuring process in the country.
The leaders also urged the APC-led federal government to have a national dialogue to design a new route for the country, according to The Nation.
The leaders said restructuring is necessary to improve the country in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting in Port Harcourt.
They went on to demand that the FG ensure that powers be devolved to the states.
The leaders also promised to fight oppressive and repressive tendencies towards the Niger Delta and its people.
Part of the communique read:
“We, the people of the Niger Delta, today provide the Nigerian government a three-month window to address our concerns about re-federalizing the polity by convening a national forum of delegates from Nigeria’s ethnic groups to define a new future for the country.
“We, the people of the Niger Delta, seek reorganization, with states serving as federating units and additional powers devolved to the states.”
In the meantime, the leaders demanded that the FG stop selling the country’s natural resources to China.
“The people of the Niger Delta demand that the federal government refrain from selling our resources to the Chinese or countries that promote Sukuk in order to obtain any project.”
If federal lawmakers pass the restructuring bill, Buhari agrees to sign it.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday, June 34, that he would not hesitate to grant his approval to any restructuring modifications to the 1999 Constitution.
When the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), led by Professor Benjamin Okaba, paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, he made the remark.
The president stated that regional consultations had been completed by the National Assembly, which is responsible for amending the constitution.
There are more calls for Nigeria to be restructured.
In a related event, certain southern Nigerian organizations have called a meeting with the Arewa Consultative Forum to discuss the country’s reorganization.
The groups believe that restructuring is critical to any real discussion aimed at bringing the country forward.
Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation; Afenifere, apex Igbo socio-cultural group; Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, and the Pan Niger Delta Forum are among the southern parties slated to attend the meeting with the northern association.
Rev. Fr. Robert Achiaga, a Catholic priest, has recommended Nigerian administrations at all levels to engage in discussion with disgruntled parties in order to cease violent agitations in the country.
Fr. Achiaga made the statement during a recent exclusive interview with Legit.ng in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
According to him, violent agitations are triggered by young people who have attempted to express themselves but have been ignored by authority.