The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has described Northerners opposed to restructuring as selfish and hypocrites.
Speaking at a panel discussion at the on-going 26th Nigerian Economic Summit, NESG, in Abuja, on Tuesday, the governor noted that those Northerners opposing the agenda are doing it for selfish purposes.
El-Rufai, Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Restructuring Committee, noted that there a lot of different positions or meanings of restructuring, noting that the view of Northern Elders Forum, NEF, is different from the average northerner.
The governor, however, disagreed with the notion that the North is enjoying the current structure, saying that the North has the highest number of out-of-school children and the highest poverty rate in the country. He also condemned some people presenting restructuring in a derogatory way in a manner that portrayed all the northerners as backward people.
Speaking further, the governor said the ruling party is still committed to restructuring, noting that some interested members of his party are making frantic efforts to get the draft bill presented to the National Assembly for consideration before the end of the tenure of the present administration.
He disclosed that his committee made bold recommendations at the time and prepared a draft bill for onward transmission to the National Assembly which every law maker could take up and sponsor as a private bill.