Nigeria: Buhari, Osinbajo Speaking Discordant Tunes On Restructuring - Atiku

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28 October 2018

The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has been accusd of trying to revise history over the role Atiku Abubakar played in the actualising of restructuring.

The Atiku campaign organisation reacting Osinbajo's statement in Ibadan were he said Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate opposed restructuring of the country when he was vice-president said "Given that restructuring has become the major issue in the 2019 elections and given that Prof Osinbajo and his boss have been speaking discordant tunes on restructuring, we can understand their desperation to revise history, however, it is impossible to revise documented history.

"Professor Osinbajo needs to be reminded that there are well documented accounts in the Nigerian media chronicling Atiku Abubakar's support and struggle for restructuring.

"To set the records straight, we recommend to Professor Osinbajo the article 'Nigeria: 6-1 Onshore-Offshore Jurisdiction Verdict' written by Jide Ajani, then the Political Editor of Vanguard Newspapers and published on July 13, 2001.

"In that piece, which is still available online, Vanguard Newspapers chronicled the successful efforts of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, to restructure the revenue allocation formulae to allow littoral states of the federation benefit from off shore oil proceeds. Ironically, it was precisely Mr. Osinbajo's boss, Muhammadu Buhari, who as military dictator, cheated these states of their just due by military fiat.

"It is also common knowledge that the six geopolitical zones structure which all parts of Nigeria benefit from today is the fruit of the collaborative efforts of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, the late Alex Ekwueme and other patriots.

"Their efforts at restructuring Nigeria are captured in the Hansard of the 1995 Constitutional Conference, which is a public document and is still available at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Professor Osinbajo may want to familiarise himself with that document.

"The question we want to ask Professor Osinbajo is this - why do he and his boss constantly resort to rewriting history? Why can they not campaign on their achievements? Is it that they are forced to campaign on subterfuge because they have no achievements to campaign on?

"President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo promised to make N1 equal to $1. They vowed to create three million jobs per annum. They promised to pay the unemployed a "job seekers allowance". They said subsidy was a scam. They also said that they would defeat Boko Haram.

"Nigerians want to know if these promises have been kept. They are not interested in fairy tales about how Atiku Abubakar did not support restructuring because they know that he is and was and will always be an active promoter of restructuring."

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