BEVERLY HILLS, October 11, (THEWILL) – Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, who chairs the All Progressives Congress, APC, Committee on True Federalism, has advised Nigerian youths not to be indifference towards the ongoing summit on True Federalism put in place by the ruling APC.
Delivering his opening remarks on the occasion of the Committee interface with Youth and Civil Society Organisations, CSO, he urged them to partake vigorously in the discourse, as he noted that youths constitute the largest percentage of the population in the country.
The Kaduna governor observed that when people talk about restructuring, most proponents think of their zones while no one thinks of the country, adding that it would be a grave injustice to agitate for “equal unequals”.
He pointed out that even in population and resources, the various regions of the country are not uniformly endowed.
According to him, “The greatest injustice is trying to make equals unequal and unequals equal; things are not done like that. What do I mean by that? There are those who have said that Nigeria and United States are the same.
“It is just like saying everyone who is six feet, five can play basket ball. As human beings, we are equal but you cannot come and stand here and say we should create nine states in each zone, Nigeria is not equal, likewise the population and resources, you can’t do that.”
El-Rufai continued, “We have gone round 12 states in the federation and we are back in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja, with the objective of devoting a day to our youth and we shall also devote another day for the women group.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that there is an honest conversation on the structure of our federation. This is the first time that every Nigerian will be given the opportunity to contribute to debate on the structure of the polity.
“We are going to listen to our young people that account for 60-80% of Nigerians that haven’t been given voice. Now we must listen to them.
‘’We hope that at the end of the day, expressions collated will be of immense benefit to the party and government.
The Kaduna governor used the town hall meeting to admonish Nigerian youths to spend less time on social media and join political parties so they can contribute their quota to national development.