The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has maintained his position on the agitation for restructuring, insisting that the North cannot be forced into restructuring as demanded by the Southern parts of the country. He also boasted that those with less numerical strength at the national assembly would continue to lose on issues that are not popular to those with higher numbers.
El-Rufai, who is chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Panel on True Federalism, was emphatic when he categorically stated that it is fundamentally wrong for geo-political zone with small population to agitate to be granted equal status with the zone with large population.
The Kaduna state governor, who spoke at the poorly attended town hall meeting to engage Nigerian youths in Abuja on the controversy over the restructuring of the country, cautioned that the greatest injustice of restructuring would be trying to make “equal to become unequal and unequal to become equal”.
He boasted that restructuring will continue to die at the National Assembly with the position of the majority Northern parliamentarians at both the Senate and the House of Representatives, adding that with few representatives from the South, the majority will always carry their way.
He said, “You cannot abolish the Senate. For those agitating for restructuring, there is constitutional means of doing so. The National Assembly, including the Senate which cannot be abolished is the final hope, for that is where the vote lies.
“We have a constitutional order, a due process. We are not over-slowing the document in starting afresh. The complaint that the cost of government is high and as such that we should do away with the Presidential system is not right. So, let us be pragmatic.