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Atiku Commends Buhari For Seeking International Support For Northern States

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Tunde Ogunmola

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for enlisting the support of International institutions for Northern States. Atiku, In a Facebook post on Saturday, said that news of assistance to Nigerians by international organizations was commendable.

He said thus: “I am glad to hear the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim and the IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde reiterate some of the points I’ve made recently in the ongoing conversations on restructuring as it relates to investing more in human capital, infrastructure, education for our people, etc.

I’m also glad to learn of the work both organizations are doing, in partnership with the Federal Government to boost and stabilize our economic growth.”

Meanwhile, the Turaki of Adamawa, in the same post painted a vivid picture of the mode of restructuring he is advocating for.
He shared a link of a speech titled ‘Restructuring for a united and progressive Nigeria’ he delivered at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

It reads in part: “My vision of Restructuring, will not make some States richer and others poorer. Restructuring is a win win for all Nigerian states.

So let me make it clear beyond any possible doubt: the Restructuring I am proposing will not reduce the share of our nation’s oil revenues that any state currently enjoys. However, if we are to grow our revenues we need to change the way we think of our resources and nurture them for the benefit of all.

Let us start by not thinking as if our resources consist only of oil. Oil is not infinite. In fact, within the industry, the oil majors and multinationals are looking for ways to further invest in alternative energy because, in the next 10-20 years, the proportion of the energy market share that fossil fuels hold will shrink and almost vanish even as that of alternative energy is set to rise dramatically.”

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