North meets Wednesday to adopt position on restructuring

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The convener of Arewa Research and Development Project, Usman Bugaje, has said northern Nigeria will take a clear position on restructuring based on research and consensus rather than on emotion and selfishness.

Towards this end, the ARDP said it would host a two-day conference in Kaduna on Wednesday.

He said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday. The former presidential adviser and one-time member of the House of Representatives said it would be necessary for the North to present a rational position.

Bugaje said, “In the last one year or so, restructuring and true federalism have dominated political discourse in Nigeria. Unfortunately, when you listen to the speeches and read the articles on these issues, you will find out that there are as many comprehensions of these terms as there are people speaking or writing.

“Besides, most of the discussions seem to ignore the history of the evolution of our federalism and this failure has actually helped to rob the whole exercise of its propriety, accuracy and clarity.”

Speaking further on the conference, Bugaje said, “This conference seeks to blend academic presentations with real politics, while academics and experts will lead with papers, a panel of practitioners will discuss the issues extensively.

“The audience will also be given a chance to raise issues and make their inputs into the discussions.

“Some of the key papers will be on the historicity of the Nigerian federation; an examination of the constitutional developments in pre- and post-colonial Nigeria; and the dangers of war, the dynamics of peace. Others will look at the principles of fiscal federalism and revenue allocation; the land question and the development agenda of the North.”

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