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​South-West united on restructuring — Lagos Speaker

The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, has said the people of the South-West are in support of the calls for Nigeria’s restructuring, despite the contrary opinion expressed on the issue by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo, while speaking in South Africa last month, had said he was not for restructuring as advocated by some Nigerians.
“My own restructuring is what I have said. We have to restructure our mentality. We have to restructure our mind. We have to restructure our understanding of Nigeria,” the former president had said.
But Obasa told journalists in Yola, Adamawa State on Friday that the views expressed by Obasanjo did not represent the position of the South-West people on the issue.
The speaker said the people of the geopolitical zone were not at a crossroads in their demand for the restructuring of the country.
He insisted that the opinion expressed by Obasanjo remained a minority view, “even though it is not altogether irrelevant since there could be no national rebirth without a change in the mindsets of the people.”
He said, “No, I do not think the South-West is at a crossroads. Everybody has a constitutional right to his or her opinion as demonstrated by our former president (Obasanjo).
“He believes that there should be a restructuring of the mind. But the generality of South-West people want restructuring in terms of governance. It was displayed a few days ago in Ibadan, when practically all the leaders in the zone gathered in the ancient city.
“All the governors and everybody you can think of in the South-West want restructuring.”
Meanwhile, speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly have urged the leadership of the National Assembly to quicken the process of transmitting the constitutional amendment bills to the various state legislatures for their own contributions and adoption.
The chairman of the speakers’ conference, Mr. Samaila Kamba, stated this while addressing journalists at the end of their meeting in Yola.
Ismaila explained that his colleagues wished to use the current efforts at amending the 1999 Constitution to further strengthen the unity of the country.
He said the excitement and hopes that Nigerians placed on the current efforts at amending the constitution was an indication that the proposed amendments were important to the unity of the country.
The chairman said, “Our purpose of coming to Yola after the Adamawa State Government offered to host us is to continue our normal business of running the conference and to deliberate on issues that relate to the alteration of the constitution.
“We shall continue to deliberate on this important issue, which all Nigerians are excited about. The people are hoping that the alteration of the constitution will bring progress and prosperity to their lives.
“Right now, we are urging the National Assembly to hasten the process of transmitting the approved bills to the various state Houses of Assembly for our own contributions and adoption.”

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