Os­in­bajo to crit­ics: Calls for re­struc­tur­ing mere po­lit­i­cal rhetoric

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Vice Pres­i­dent, Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo, has fired back at those crit­i­cis­ing him for re­cently shrug­ging off the calls for the re­struc­tur­ing of Nige­ria.

Os­in­bajo, in a state­ment yes­ter­day by his Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Media and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Laolu Akande, de­scribed the calls for re­struc­tur­ing as su­per­fi­cial ar­gu­ments and po­lit­i­cal rhetoric.

Laolu said he made the clar­i­fi­ca­tions in Abuja and while speak­ing to a ra­dio pro­gramme on Orange FM in Akure, Ondo State amidst some media re­ports that his boss op­posed the re­struc­tur­ing.

Akande said the on­go­ing anti-cor­rup­tion war as well as the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to­wards en­sur­ing ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance at all lev­els are “far more im­por­tant than some of the po­lit­i­cal rhetorics and su­per­fi­cial ar­gu­ments around re­struc­tur­ing so far.”

He also cau­tioned that the is­sue of re­struc­tur­ing should run deeper than “some of the su­per­fi­cial and sur­face value fo­cus”, say­ing the present ad­min­is­tra­tion would “not be stuck in an elit­ist po­lit­i­cal rhetoric that does not deepen the is­sues.”

Pan-Yoruba so­cio-po­lit­i­cal group Afenifere had on Mon­day blasted Os­in­bajo over his com­ment at the week­end that re­struc­tur­ing Nige­ria would nei­ther be help­ful nor make any dif­fer­ence. The group, in a state­ment by its spokesman, Yinka Odu­makin, had said: “We’d like to re­spect­fully ad­mon­ish him (Os­in­bajo) to be sure­footed on the sub­ject be­fore he speaks next time. He missed the en­tire de­bate by en­gag­ing in the re­duc­tion­ist ar­gu­ment nar­row­ing the whole is­sue to tak­ing more money from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to the states.”

But yes­ter­day, Os­in­bajo’s spokesman quoted him as call­ing for a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the re­struc­tur­ing de­bate, say­ing “dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests are tak­ing dif­fer­ent approaches which at times con­fuse the de­bate and re­duce it to mere po­lit­i­cal rhetoric.”

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