Lawan attacks southern governors over Asaba meeting

Ahmed Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has criticised southern governors over the meeting in Asaba, Delta State where they called for restructuring of the country among other things.

Lawan said elected leaders ought not to champion such calls but rather concentrate on working hard to first restructure their states before asking the Federal Government to do so.

“I believe that, as leaders, especially those of us who are elected into office should not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing (restructuring),” he told reporters on Thursday after observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa.

“Because, even if you are a governor, you are supposed to be working hard in your state to ensure that this restructuring you are calling for at the federal level, you have done it in your state as well.

“What you may accuse the Federal Government of, whatever it is, you may also be accused of the same thing in your state.

“So, we are supposed to ensure that we have a complete and total way of ensuring that our systems at the federal, state and even local government levels work for the people.

“We must allow people to participate in governance so that whoever feels he has something to offer to make Nigeria better does so freely without any let or hindrance.”

Lawan called on elected officials at all levels of government to avoid partisanship and regionalism.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila also called for a national spirit of oneness, saying that “If truth be told, we all have equal shares in the blame for what’s happening today.

“Whatever challenges we have, we must all come together to make sure that we resolve these issues we’re facing.”