The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has cautioned advocates of the restructuring of Nigeria, declaring that the exercise is very complex and dangerous for a big and diverse country like Nigeria.
ACF insisted that restructuring is a serious business that must take account of the views of all her citizens and not just a few who can shout the loudest.
The Forum in a statement released by its Spokesman, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, made available in Lagos said that Nigeria is a big and complex country that needs the input of everybody for any restructuring to take place. It urged those calling for restructuring to consider others.
ACF in the statement stated that the call is taking place without regard to the present democratic structure in the country.
“Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) wishes to lend its voice to the debate as to whether or not to restructure the Federation of Nigeria. However, ACF has observed with regret that in most cases, the discussions are taking place without regard to our present democratic structure as the issues are in some cases presented as ‘demands’ by one group or the other.
“Unfortunately, in most cases, they are followed up by some ultimatum to the government to accept or face deadly consequences. It should be clear to all the agitators that restructuring a complex, big and diverse country as Nigeria is a serious business that must take account of the views of all its citizens, and not just of those that shout the loudest.
“More so, such discussions must be free of threats, intimidation or blackmail from any group or individual. A genuine restructuring must therefore be just, fair and equitable to all. Furthermore, it must strengthen our democracy, unity, peace and development of the Nigerian components. ACF, therefore, calls for a due process through our present democratic structures rather than just crass agitation, if we are to achieve ‘true’ federalism.”
Recently, the former Military Head of State, Gen Ibrahim Babangida and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and other prominent person from the North lent their voices to the call for the restructuring of the country, saying that is time the country is restructured for peaceful living.