By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, have slammed the 17 Southern governors for calling for the restructuring of the country.
The heads of the two-chamber national legislature gave this charge during a media parley in Abuja, where they called on the governors to practice what they were preaching by starting the process from their states.
According to Lawan: “I believe that as leaders, especially those of us who are elected into office, (we) should not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing because even if you are a governor, you are supposed to be working hard in your state to ensure that this restructuring you are calling for at the federal level, you have done it in your state as well.
“What you may accuse the federal government of, whatever it is; you may also be accused of the same thing in your state.
On the part of Gbajabiamila, those championing the call for secession are unpatriotic elements, challenging the southern governors to let charity begin at home in their quest for restructuring, urging for peace among Nigerians.
In his words, “Whatever challenges we have, we must all come together to make sure that we resolve these issues we’re facing. We must imbibe that spirit of oneness, togetherness, unity and love that would take us through this.”
The political leaders of the south had, following a meeting Asaba, the Delta State capital, made some declarations, among which were the need to restructure the country, a ban on open grazing, a national dialogue to address thorny national issues, and key appointments into federal establishments to reflect federal character. Their decisions received applause from the Southern Senators’ Forum, members of the House of Representatives from the 17 southern states of the federation, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and the Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom.