Good governance, not restructuring, is solution to our problems – Ndume

Good governance,  not restructuring, is solution to our problems – Ndume
August 24 07:05 2016

Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has added his  voice to the ongoing debate on whether or not the nation should restructure.

He noted that rather than restructure, Nigerian leaders should work to provide good governance at all levels for the people.

Ndume made the call while addressing newsmen on
Tuesday in Abuja.

“Whatever it is, my own position on the clamour for
restructuring is that since we are in the era of
democracy, the people should be allowed to decide and
not individuals.

“Nobody should claim monopoly of interest of the people
from his or her area by sitting down with few others and
calling other zones, saying that Nigeria should
restructure; no, I don’t support that.

“I support collective decision by Nigerians. We came
together collectively not by force, not by insult, but by
negotiation.

“Even our colonial masters wanted to carve out a
country called Nigeria and out of three basic regions,
north, western and eastern regions, there were series of
conferences that led to that.

“As at 1957 or 1958 when Nigeria was ready and even
our colonial masters were ready to grant us our
independence, the north said it was not ready then.
“This made both the Western and Eastern regions that
didn’t want to go their separate ways at that time to wait
till 1960 for independence for Nigeria.

“In fact, in 1979, the Secretary to the State Government
of Borno State was a Yoruba man and the Chief Justice of
Borno State was an Igbo man.

“They were living in harmony with people of their host
communities without calling for restructuring,’’ he said.

Ndume said further that
drop in price of oil at the international market and
vandalism of oil pipelines by aggrieved militants in the
Niger Delta had plunged the nation into hardship.

He, however, assured that with gradual rise in the price of
oil in the international market and resolve of the militants
to give peace a chance in their area, the hardship would
become a thing of the past.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not to be
blamed for the hardship, noting that none of his critics
had been able to proffer solutions to the problems
confronting the country.

“I am one of the strong supporters of the President
because I know that the person of President Muhammadu
Buhari has very good intentions for this country.
“ He didn’t come to power in other to make anything for
himself but to fix Nigeria and move Nigeria forward.

“The first three priorities of the government are securing
the nation, fighting corruption and putting in place needed
infrastructure for genuine development.

“Now the issue of people suffering, especially in terms of
the cost of living is well known and no leadership can
pretend that it doesn’t know this.

“But the question now is, is the solution there and is
deliberately being refused? The answer is `no’.
“We are a mono-product economy, the price of our
dependent source of income which is oil, went down from
above 100 dollars to below 30 dollars at one point and it
is now gradually trying to recover.

“That is our major source of income and even when the
price was recovering a little, the issue of Niger Delta
Avengers cropped up.
“Pipelines were blown up and production went down
from 2.2 million barrels per day to 1.4 million barrels per
day or even less,’’ he said.