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Atiku tackles Osinbajo over restructuring

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to tell Nigerians in clear terms whether he is in support of restructuring or not.

In a statement by his Media Office, Atiku said he has been canvassing for administrative, economic and political restructuring and not geographic restructuring.

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“My attention has been drawn to a letter written to Premium Times in response to an essay on restructuring authored by me.

“Faced with an avalanche of public condemnation for his 360-degree turn on the concept of restructuring, it is understandable that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has written to Premium Times to douse the tension his comments created.

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“However, in doing so, the Vice President should not attempt to revise history by saying that he spoke against ‘geographic restructuring.’

“It is a strange concept, not only because it is not what the restructuring debate is all about, but also because the words of the Vice President, which prompted my response were clear, unambiguous and unequivocal.

“Mr. Osinbajo said, ‘the problem with our country is not a matter of restructuring.’ That I disagree with and so do many other Nigerians. If the Vice President has changed his stance, I welcome it, but we should not use one finger to hide behind semantics.

“For the Vice President to say ‘Alhaji Atiku’s concept of restructuring is understandably vague, because he seeks to cover every aspect of human existence in that definition’, is most unfortunate.

“My advice to the Vice President is that he should choose whether he is for restructuring or whether he is against it and stick to his choice. This continuous prevarication, this approbation and reprobation, helps no one, least of all true progressives who know that Nigeria needs to be restructured and restructured soon.”