Groups plan to march on Aso Rock over restructuring
Human Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre (HRDAC) and others have given Federal Government 21days to put machineries in place for restructuring of the country, calling on Nigerians to be ready for a peaceful march on the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A statement, yesterday, signed by Chairman of HRDAC, Ojei Emmanuel; representatives of Middle Belt Group for Peace and Justice, South South Congress for Peace, Arewa Assemble Coalition, South West Concern Group, Eastern Peoples Assembly and Chairman, Movement for RestructureNigeriaNow, Innocent Agbo, stated that restructuring is the only way to resolve the numerous issues and challenges facing the country.
“We want to give the government this 21 days, and if our demands are not met, we shall be calling the people to action, which we shall lead by marching peacefully to the Presidential Villa and continue to agitate and advocate until the country is restructured,” the groups said.
They asked government to grant the six geopolitical zones the right to operate independently, noting that the 1999 Constitution does not reflect the interest of the citizens, and should be suspended and reviewed.
“Nigeria has never had a constitution by Nigerians, therefore, for sake of justice, we all need to sit down, dialogue and agree on the best way to be governed so that everybody will have a sense of belonging.
“Most of the laws are outdated. Because laws are made so that there can be justice, there is no better time for us as a nation to sit down together and agree on the best way to be governed.”
While calling on Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and market men and women to support the plan to stage a peaceful march for restructuring of the country, the groups urged President Muhammadu Buhari and his team not to fail the people.
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