President Muhammadu Buhari has called for true federalism, a move that will come as a shock to many, given the president and his party’s longstanding dithering on the issue.
While speaking on Friday at the Progressive Governors Forum Honors Award which was held at the Presidential Villa Abuja, President Buhari noted that true federalism is necessary at this stage of Nigeria’s political and democratic evolution.
The APC Governors had presented an award to the president in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities.
While delivering his keynote address, President Buhari appealed to the governors to support his administration’s programmes and policies in order to hasten development in the country.
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He restated his administration commitment to improving the welfare of Nigerians notwithstanding the current challenges confronting the nation.
Speaking to the Governors, he said: “Your excellencies, it will belaboring to point, to say that true federalism is necessary at this juncture of our political and democratic evolution.
“At a time when some few privileged individuals and groups have chosen to exploit and manipulate the ethnic and religious front-lines for seeking personal and partisan advantage, we need to build bridges across the various divides”.
The president called on all state governors to partner with the Federal Government in the execution of its anti-corruption agenda.
He also encouraged them to work towards building a socially cohesive society in which the resources of the country work for all.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had condemned the APC governors for their award to the president, describing it as a shameful endorsement of failure.
PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, had claimed that the award was the height of deception, stating that the governors have again exhibited their party’s “unpardonable insensitivity and disdain for Nigerians.”
Ologbondiyan further added that the award was the height of deception and a spit on the graves of victims of unrestrained killings and bloodletting in various parts of our nation.
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