Osinbajo Says Atiku’s Understanding Of Restructuring Is Vague – Ex-VP Fires Back
Nigeria’s current Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has replied a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, noting that his concept of restructuring is vague.
Calls for the restructuring of World’s most populous black nation have been on the front burner under this administration, with political bigwigs disagreeing on whether the country should be restructured or not.
While the debate had calmed in recent weeks, the VP raised the dust in a statement on Monday when he had said the problem with Nigeria is not a matter of simple geographical restructuring but “about managing resources properly and providing for the people properly, that is what it is all about”.
Reacting to Osinbanjo’s stance, Abubakar said the vice-president demonstrated “a lack of appreciation of the core tenets of the concept”.
“It is a surprise that the vice-president would take such a position and, in particular, fail to appreciate the connection between Nigeria’s defective structure and its underperformance,” Abubakar had said.
“It is unhelpful to reduce the construct of ‘Restructuring’ to a geographical concept as VP Osinbajo does, which in itself demonstrates a lack of appreciation of the core tenets of the concept.”
Reacting to Abubakar’s comment on his stance, osinbajo said the ex-VP mixed up the concept of restructuring with “issues of good governance and diversification of the economy”.
“Alhaji Atiku’s concept of restructuring is understandably vague, because he seeks to cover every aspect of human existence in that definition. He says it means a “cultural revolution”,” Osinbajo said.
“Of course, he does not bother to unravel this concept. He says we need a structure that gives everyone an opportunity to work, a private sector driven economy,” Osinbajo said.
Clearly unwilling to bow to Osinbajo’s stance, Mr Abubakar, in a statement he signed, also accused the VP of attempting “to revise history” on the topic.
He said while Osinbajo could change his stance on the call for restructuring, he should not “use one finger to hide behind semantics”.
“True progressives know that Nigeria needs to be restructured and restructured soon,” Atiku said.
“My advice to the Vice President is that he should choose whether he is for restructuring or whether he is against it and stick to his choice. This continuous prevarication, this approbation and reprobation, helps no one, least of all true progressives who know that Nigeria needs to be restructured and restructured soon.”
“For the Vice President to say “Alhaji Atiku’s concept of restructuring is understandably vague, because he seeks to cover every aspect of human existence in that definition”, is most unfortunate.
“I am hard pressed to see how these clear and specific ideas can be described as ‘vague’. One would have thought that if anything is vague, it would be the idea of ‘geographic restructuring’ whose meaning is hanging in the air.”