The Presidency has reacted to the calls by some individuals and groups calling for the immediate restructuring of Nigeria, saying the Buhari-administration will not succumb to threats and undue pressure over the matter.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, conveyed the position of the Presidency in a statement, while responding to the renewed agitation in some quarters for the restructuring of the country.
In recent times, the leadership of some socio-cultural groups, including Ohaneze Ndigbo and Afenifere, as well as Niger Delta agitators and individuals have reiterated the call for the country’s restructuring.
According to them, the country needs a home-grown constitution that will usher in new political and economic systems that are based on regional structures or else “the country will break up”.
The presidential aide, however, dismissed the recurring threats as unpatriotic outbursts, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would not take any decision that would be against the interests of 200 million Nigerians.
Shehu said: “The Presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country, with factions giving specific timelines for the President to do one thing or another or else, in their language, ‘the nation will break up’.
“This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted, as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure, at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it and at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis.
“This administration will not take any decision against the interests of 200 million Nigerians, who are the President’s first responsibility under the constitution, out of fear or threats, especially in this hour of health crisis.
“The President, as an elected leader under this constitution, will continue to work with patriotic Nigerians, through and in line with the parliamentary processes, to find solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of the nation and its people.”