The Nigerian Presidency says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will not succumb to “threats” and “undue pressure” of breakup.
Several prominent Nigerians have been calling for the restructuring of the country’s political system to prevent the nation from breaking up.
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had on Saturday called on the Federal Government, to urgently restructure the country to save it from breakup.
In a statement Sunday evening, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, described such calls as “recurring threats to corporate existence of the country.”
He noted that such “unpatriotic outbursts” are unhelpful and unwarranted.
Shehu said the Buhari-led administration will continue to work in line with the Parliamentary processes to finding solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“The Presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the President to to do one thing or another or else, in their language, ‘the nation will break up’,” the statement said.
“This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis.
“Repeat: this administration will not take any decision against the 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 health crisis.
“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 finding solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of the nation and its people.”
Although the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) contested in 2015 with the promise of restructuring the country, Buhari has often dismissed it as the solution to Nigeria’s challenges.
On Sunday, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, said the APC is still committed to restructuring the country.