Re­struc­tur­ing: North­ern lead­ers to con­sult fur­ther

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di­ver­gent views on the is­sue though they were unan­i­mous that the north should not be against re­struc­tur­ing the coun­try.

They how­ever dis­agreed that there was any­thing like true fed­er­al­ism, ar­gu­ing that every na­tion struc­tures its po­lit­i­cal process in the best way suited for its sys­tem.

One of the speak­ers, Yima Sen, ar­gued that many the­o­ries have been as­cribed to the north which are not real and needed to be cor­rected for the north to take a stand on re­struc­tur­ing.

The con­fer­ence ended with a res­o­lu­tion to pre­pare and con­sol­i­date on one north­ern united po­si­tion on the cur­rent de­bate.

Five key speeches were de­liv­ered and eight po­si­tion pa­pers were pre­sented with two panel dis­cus­sions chaired by 15 pan­el­lists,

The con­fer­ence was or­ga­nized by the Arewa Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Project (ARDP) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with key groups of the North in­clud­ing; the Sir Ah­madu Bello Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion, the North­ern Elders Fo­rum (NEF), the CODE Group, the Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF), the North­ern Reawak­en­ing Fo­rum, the North­ern Del­e­gates Fo­rum, the Jam’iyar Matan Arewa and the Fo­rum for North­ern Youth Or­gan­i­sa­tions in Kaduna.

Con­vener of the con­fer­ence, Dr. Us­man Bu­gaje, in a com­mu­niqué at the end of the con­fer­ence, said the ARDP and the other col­lab­o­rat­ing teams will li­aise with the North­ern gov­er­nors and the Tra­di­tional Rulers Com­mit­tee to make sure that the views ex­pressed at the con­fer­ence see the light of the day in the for­ma­tion of the North­ern stand.

He said the re­port of the con­fer­ence will be com­mu­ni­cated to all par­tic­i­pants through their e-mails.

“The con­fer­ence was at­tended by the var­i­ous seg­ments of the North - the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, the tra­di­tional rulers, the elders, the schol­ars and in­tel­lec­tu­als as well as women and youth.

“The main ob­jec­tive of the con­fer­ence was not only to re­spond to the de­mand for the re­view of the na­ture and struc­ture of the Nige­rian fed­er­a­tion, to ex­am­ine and eval­u­ate the North as a ma­jor com­po­nent of the Nige­rian fed­er­a­tion, but to also get ex­perts to guide the north in iden­ti­fy­ing its pri­or­i­ties and po­si­tion as it goes into the de­bate and the forth­com­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions,” he stated.

Daily Trust re­ports that for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar, who has thrown his weight be­hind the calls to re­struc­ture the coun­try, was ab­sent from the Kaduna event.

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