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Restructuring Calls: Presidency Dismisses Threats As Unpatriotic Outburst, Says It Won’t Succumb To Unwarranted Pressure

Garba Shehu.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu

BEVERLY HILLS, October 05, (THEWILL) – The Presidency has reacted to recent calls for the restructuring of the country, describing the “directive threats” that accompanied such calls as unwarranted and unpatriotic.

This is coming days after the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye and other socio-cultural groups including Ohaneze Ndigbo and Afenifere, among other civil society groups have renewed calls for restructuring of Nigeria. They urged President Buhari to urgently restructure the country to save it from breakup.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu dismissed the “recurring threats as unpatriotic outbursts”.

He said the administration would not succumb to threats and intimidation to make hurried decisions out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with security challenges and the COVID-19 health crisis.

The statement reads in part: “The Presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the President to do one thing or another or else, in their language, ‘the nation will break up.’

“Repeat: this administration will not take any decision against the interests of 200 million Nigerians, who are the President’s first responsibility under the constitution, out of fear or threats especially in this hour of a health crisis.

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“The President as an elected leader under this constitution will continue to work with patriotic Nigerians, through and in line with the parliamentary processes to find solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of the nation and its people.”