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The presidency has said it is not opposed to the restructuring of the country and will do so if the National Assembly advocates for it.

This comment came from the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu.

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Garba Shehu said this on Tuesday where he noted that the Buhari government has a different view of restructuring from those calling for it.

“Yes (restructuring) is there in our party’s manifesto but I think the difference with those advocates is the mechanism for achieving this,” he told Channels TV.

He noted that many Nigerians are advocating for restructuring of the country without the National Assembly.

However, he said the Buhari government sees anything done outside the parliament as not the will of the people.

“I guess that some of them think that this can be achieved through a process that alienates the parliaments,” he added.

“Our sense is that an elected government in a democracy must work with the elected parliament and that anything outside the parliament, not elected by the people is not representative of the popular will of the people because the parliament is the repository of the popular will of the people.

“So, if the Nigerian parliament says this is the way to go, the president will consider it.”

Several Nigerians have clamoured for the restructuring of the country, saying that it would ensure the nation’s development.

According to some of the proponents of restructuring, Nigeria has what it takes to develop into one of the major superpowers in the world if each region is allowed to grow at their pace.

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A Niger Delta leader Edwin Clark with restructuring, the nation can easily tackle insecurity as the Federal Government cannot do it alone.

“We must put politics aside, as for the security of this country; the Federal Government cannot do it alone,” Clark also told Channels TV, Tuesday.

“That is why many of us are suggesting that we should have a security round-table talk. The problem in Nigeria today is not in the North alone, it’s a national problem which requires everybody to talk about it.”