Friday, July 28, 2017 8:56 am
Former Vice President and chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has described the decision of the Bukola Saraki led Senate to block the passage of Bill No. 3, which would have granted devolution of power to the states in the ongoing constitutional amendment process as a betrayal of the party’s campaign promises.
In a statement released by his media office in Abuja, the Waziri of Adamawa said the rejection of the bill on devolution of power by the Senate amounted to “lost opportunity to honour one of APC’s election promises to bring about change by shifting power closer to the people in the remotest regions of our country.”
“This blockage of the Bill by an APC-led Senate majority is a betrayal of our Party’s pre-election promises,” Atiku said. “It was an important vote and I’m shocked by some so-called progressives’ visceral and cynical opposition to restructuring,” Atiku said while decrying the reluctance of democratically elected lawmakers to remove the insidious structural impediments to development, which decades of military rule had hoisted upon our nation.
According to him, instead of building the foundations for a true federation, a small group of so-called progressive Senators decided to stick with the new party line, pretending they didn’t know what restructuring was all about, and that even if they knew, it couldn’t be done.
“I think this is disingenuous,” he said. “And I think it is a sad day for our Party. But I’m confident the APC will learn the right lesson from this self-inflicted defeat, and remember the mission and mandate given to us by the people.”
The Waziri also expressed hope that Nigeria’s lawmakers would find the courage to stand by what is right, and not by what serves their personal vanities and political interests.
“Let me be clear: Restructuring is no panacea to all our nation’s problems. But devolving resources and responsibilities from an overbearing, unresponsive, and ineffective federal government to the states is the first step we must make if we are serious about putting our nation back on track, and our people back to work,” he said