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Someone please print this and place it on @Atiku Abubakar’s desk. The VP ⁦@ProfOsinbajo⁩ has just taken him on an adventure he and his co-travelers in his vague restructuring noise need to have. Thanks PYO, you keep showing why we deeply respect you…
“I rejected the notion that geographical restructuring was a solution to our national problems. Geographical restructuring is either taking us back to regional governments or increasing the number of States that make up the Nigerian federation.” ~ @ProfOsinbajo
“As we all may recall, the 2014 National Conference actually recommended the creation of 18 more States. And I argued that, with several States struggling or unable to pay salaries, any further tinkering with our geographical structure would not benefit us.". ~ @ProfOsinbajo
"We should rather ask ourselves why the States are underperforming, revenue and development wise." ~ @ProfOsinbajo
"I then argued that what we required now was not geographical restructuring but good governance, honest management of public resources, deeper fiscal Federalism, and a clear vision for development." ~ @ProfOsinbajo
"On the issue of deeper fiscal Federalism or restructuring, I explained how the then Lagos State Government, led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, decided to fight for greater autonomy of States." @ProfOsinbajo
"As Attorney-General, it was my duty and privilege to lead the legal team against the then Federal government, in our arguments at the Supreme Court. I am sure that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would remember these cases on greater autonomy for States, as he was VP." ~@ProfOsinbajo
"I have been an advocate, both in court and outside, of fiscal Federalism and stronger State Governments. I have argued in favour of State Police, for the simple reason that policing is a local function. You simply cannot effectively police Nigeria from Abuja."~ @ProfOsinbajo
"Only recently, at the Anniversary of the Lagos State HA, I made the point that stronger, more autonomous States would more efficiently eradicate poverty. So I do not believe that geographical restructuring is an answer to Nigeria’s socio economic circumstances." ~ @ProfOsinbajo
"Alhaji Atiku’s concept of restructuring is understandably vague, because he seeks to cover every aspect of human existence in that definition. He says it means a “cultural revolution”. Of course, he does not bother to unravel this concept. " ~ @ProfOsinbajo
"If, however, this is what he describes as restructuring, then it is clear that he has mixed up all the issues of good governance and diversification of the economy with the argument on restructuring." ~@ProfOsinbajo
"Surprisingly, Alhaji Atiku leaves out the elephant in the room – corruption." ~@ProfOsinbajo
"And how grand corruption, fueled by a rentier economic structure that benefits those who can use political positions or access to either loot the treasury or get favorable concessions to enrich themselves." ~@ProfOsinbajo
"In arguing for good governance, I made the point that our greatest problem was corruption." ~@ProfOsinbajo
"I pointed out that grand corruption, namely the unbelievable looting of the treasury by simply making huge cash withdrawals in local and foreign currency, was the first travesty that President @MBuhari stopped." ~ @ProfOsinbajo
"I showed the OPEC figures from oil revenues since 1990. In four years from 2010 to 2014 the PDP government earned the highest oil revenues in Nigeria’s history, USD381.9billion." ~@ProfOsinbajo
"By contrast the Buhari Administration has earned USD121 billion from May 2015 to June 2018, less than 1/3 of what Jonathan Administration earned at the same period in that administration’s life." ~@ProfOsinbajo
"Despite earning so much less, we are still able to invest more in infrastructure than any government in Nigeria’s history. The difference is good governance, and fiscal prudence." @ProfOsinbajo
"In the final analysis, restructuring in whatever shape or form, will not mean much if our political leaders see public resources as an extension of their bank accounts. This, I believe, is the real issue." ~@ProfOsinbajo
For more on how our erudite Professor of Law and the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria schooled the crying @atiku Abubakar on restructuring and what it truly entails, please open this link and read.…
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