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Restructuring: Only NASS can handle constitutional matter

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari said the controversial issue of restructuring , true federalism or devolution of powers remains a constitutional issue, which only the National Assembly can deal with.

He however reiterated his position on delegating more power to the people.

The President said this when he received members of the Nigerian Interfaith Council (NIREC) headed by the Co-Chairs, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Reverend Dr Samson Ayokunle. , at the State House, Abuja, Friday.

The President said: “On the controversial issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, as you all know, this is a constitutional issue that only the National Assembly can deal with.

“I remain a firm believer in the delegation of power to the people and that is why I signed the executive decree granting autonomy to the legislative and judicial power of the state.

“Unfortunately, this met with some resistance at the state level and led to a strike lasting more than two months which cost the country great hardship.

“Fortunately, the National Assembly has almost completed the process of constitutional review, which I hope will resolve some of the burning issues that are troubling the minds of our people. “

Buhari assured that efforts are already being made to create a more conducive environment to address the direct and indirect causes of the challenges, including the areas of job creation and job generation.

He appreciated religious leaders for their important role in national development, especially in shaping the outlook.

“Your role is essential to give the right perspective to Nigerians,” he added.

On security, the president told religious leaders that the government was already targeting financiers of criminal elements, who also provided them with weapons, but were forced by the strike of justice workers.

“Fortunately, this strike has been called off and the prosecution of some of these people will begin soon, as our security agencies expand their network by reaching out to others,” he added.

The president assured that the administration would remain determined to “quickly push this dark side of our history behind us and we are currently ensuring that the funding does not hamper our efforts”.

According to the president, the last meeting of the Federal Executive Council approved funds for the security agencies, which would be put to good use.

“As I mentioned yesterday, in Lagos, we will not relax our efforts to drive these criminals from all parts of our land, including the forests,” he said.

Buhari said the government has the major role to play in providing security

He said: “But besides the imperative to respect democratic processes, there is the important aspect of citizen support to security agencies by providing relevant and timely information.

“I must admit that I am more saddened than anyone can imagine with the ongoing security issues because, as you noted in your meeting, they have increased hunger, pain and anger in the country. “, He noted.

The President thanked the religious leaders for their patriotism and their commitment to ensure peace and understanding.

“I listened to you and I am particularly happy that your meeting clearly identified specific and major roles for the government and people of Nigeria.

“This is what has been missing for some time in the national discourse on how to meet our current security challenges.

In their comments, NIREC, led by Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, thanked the president for the onerous task of rule the country.

However, they advised the government to better fund the armed forces to deal with the myriad of security challenges facing the country, block sources of illegal weapons, publish the names of those who fund terrorism and judge.

The leaders also polled the recruitment of more police officers, the strengthening of the judiciary, the fight against unemployment by creating jobs for young people in particular, and the separatist unrest in the country.

“It is in our unity that we are stronger,” they said. (NAA)

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