Rather than get excited over the appointment of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state as head of a 10-man committee on restructuring, Nigerians are sending warning signals to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Those who reacted to the development wondered why the party would pick El-Rufai who allegedly double-spoke about the issue of restructuring some years ago and recently.
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State
In his reaction, lawyer and rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, wondered: “The same governor Nasir El-Rufai, who recently excoriated those calling for the restructuring of the country and also described them as misfits, is the same person that the ruling and failing All Progressives Congress (APC) found worthy to appoint as the chairman of their so-called Restructuring Committee.
“If APC thinks that Nigerians are so stupid not to see through their shambolic and ill-fated agenda, they are mistaken. Who is fooling who?
“This is certainly not how to lead. This is not politics. This is fraud. You do not appoint an anti-abortion advocate to formulate family planning policies. Those who are being deceived are those who have accepted to be deceived.”
Effiong noted that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, who recently said Nigeria does not need restructuring, was part of the committee.
“The El-Rufai that I know is a divisive figure who believes that his views are infallible and that his ways are immune from censorship.
“APC should stop this nononsensical charade. El-Rufai is not the type of person that should lead policy discussion on a highly polarizing matter like restructuring.
“A party that campaigned vigorously on the manifesto of restructuring the country only to renege after securing electoral victory, appointed its members who have publicly rejected the necessity for restructuring to articulate the party’s position on the matter is nothing but a duplicitous party bereft of decency.
“We are not all dumb in Nigeria. APC should stop fooling itself,” an angry Effiong said.
Another top Nigerian activist and convener of the South-South Peoples Assembly, Tony Uranta, said in a post that the APC must stop fooling itself.
On his part, the assistant secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) , simply declared: “The composition of APC’s Committee on Restructuring confirms the party as a very unserious, obviously insensitive ruling party.”
While in the opposition during the era of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), El-Rufai was reported as calling for restructuring. His position changed recently when he kicked against the same agitation that has now taken over the country.
Recently, top Nigerians began calling for restructuring, but the APC kicked accusing politicians of sponsoring the agitation for their selfish interests.
The party however reneged days ago when it set up the committee.
Even the former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode also condemned the recent move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to set up a committee on the restructuring of Nigeria.
Fani-Kayode in a tweet on Thursday, July 20, morning said the attempt by the ruling party to initiate a restructuring process for Nigerians is like the devil setting up a reconciliation committee with God.