I am ready to sacrifice my ambition for restructuring—Atiku
Former Vice President and All Progressives Congress, (APC) presidential hopeful, Atiku Abubakar, has said that he was ready to sacrifice his ambition for the restructuring of the polity.
Atiku made the declaration at the weekend in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at a youth forum organised by a coalition of civil society groups under the auspices of Play Forum.
Restating his reservation towards the existing arrangement which he dismissed as unitary arrangement foisted on the nation by the military, he submitted that Nigerians need to discuss how to reform the structure of government to guarantee oneness among the federating states.
“I want to agree essentially that there is every need for us to sit down and talk about our future. This is because the arrangements in the last 50 years or so have not served us very well.”
“I am not a product of the current structure of Nigeria. I am a product of regional government. I saw the government at work and I have also seen the current arrangement at work.
“That was why I came out, some people even said to the detriment of my political career, to advocate for restructuring or rearrangement or whatever you call it of the present structure of the country. I still stand by it. But we cannot determine the nitty-gritty of this restructuring until we are able to dialogue and agree on how we want to continue to live together as a country.
“It is good that all the representatives of the ethnic groups agreed that we should continue to live together, I believe it is imperative.”