We must go back to our local government system to ensure they are autonomous and functional.” On the call by the Southern Governors Forum for the restructuring of the country, Lawan said,“I believe that, as leaders, especially those of us who are elected into office should not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing.
He said,“We are all leaders and we are in this together, the solutions must come from us regardless of what levels of leadership we are – whether at the Federal Level, State Level, or even at the Local Government level.
On the call for restructuring, he said there might be genuine agitations but explicitly states that elected leaders and state governors should particularly not champion the movement for restructuring without first replicating the idea at the state level.
“We must allow people to participate in governance so that whoever feels he has something to offer to make Nigeria better does so freely without any let or hindrance,”said Lawan while condemning a call for restructuring of the country by theSouthern Governors Forum.
He said, while the nation’s leaders seek solutions to the security crisis confronting the nation, the Local Government system should not be neglected.
“So, we are supposed to ensure that we have a complete and total way of ensuring that our systems at the federal, state and even local government levels work for the people.
“Because, even if you are a governor, you are supposed to be working hard in your state to ensure that this restructuring you are calling for at the federal level, you have done it in your state as well.
“I think the time has come for us to take up the challenge and ensure that the Local Government system functions.
We must imbibe that spirit of oneness, togetherness, unity and love that would take us through this.” Gbajabiamila said the Eid celebration should be a period of sacrifice, love, and worship amid the spate of insecurity in the country, adding that it was not the time for name-calling or trading blames as everyone is complicit.
The Speaker said that the present situation does not warrant name-calling, noting that the SGF idea on restructuring is wrong without them first replicating the idea at the state level..Read Full Story