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Buhari Has Restructured Nigeria, Stop Attacking Him – Yahaya Bello Tells Southern Governors

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has reportedly warned his counterparts from Southern Nigeria against fighting President Muhammadu Buhari or blaming him for the problems of the country.

Bello disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme. This is coming after reports that 17 southern governors met on Tuesday in Asaba, Delta State, and resolved to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot in the region. 

However, Bello has opposed this and stated that “Let me caution each and every one of us, leaders across the board including governors and all of the leaders across Nigeria that we should be careful about the words we use. When we are talking of security, unity and national cohesion of Nigeria, as leaders and politicians, we should be careful about the words we use when we are addressing these various topical issues.”

Bello added that “When we talk about restructuring or the various demands or resolutions put across by my colleagues from the South, they are quite germane and they are entitled to their opinions and I so respect it but when it is titled or when it appears as if you are fighting President Muhammadu Buhari, our father, and our President, we are all getting it wrong because we get to where we are today as a result of maladministration of successive administrations.”

The Governor also stressed that “There have been collective failures across the board, so let’s not just blame it alone on the federal government or Mr. President alone.”

He also made it known that “When we talk of restructuring, Mr. President believes in restructuring, I believe in restructuring, all of us believe in restructuring but when we are talking of restructuring, from what angle to what? Which context?”

“I will describe my own context about restructuring that first, from what Mr President has done by ensuring signing Order 10 signing autonomy to local governments, legislature and judiciary. That is restructuring. How many of us are practising all of these in our states? How many of us have given full autonomy to local governments? Mr President has signed it,” he added.

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