Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, an Ijaw national leader, has said Nigeria may experience chaos should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to restructure the country before the end of his tenure.
Clark also took a jab at the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, who he said is afraid to speak on the clamour for restructuring of the country.
Speaking at a media conference in Abuja on Wednesday, Clark accused the APC leader of keeping quiet on the issue owing to his 2023 ambition.
Clark also challenged President Buhari to convene a meeting of representatives of Nigeria to deliberate on the report submitted by the Governor Nasir el-Rufai committee on restructuring.
According to him, “What several Nigerians want is the restructuring of the country to douse the tensions and agitations which is almost tearing the country apart today, and is the main cause of the high insecurity being experienced.”
“Nigerians are ready to accept the implementation of the 2014 National Conference, or the APC’s El-Rufai Committee Report, any of which will no doubt satisfy the generality of the Nigerian people.
“The Tinubus who brought restructuring to the manifesto of APC have refused to speak up because they fear that if they do, they will not be allowed to contest the presidency of the country come 2023.
“We want to reiterate that we are more patriotic than those who do not believe in the restructuring of Nigeria, even though we are very well pleased to shame them because majority of other Nigerians also believe in the restructuring of the country.
“We, however, wish to advise those minority to follow us, the majority, as we mean well for the country.”
The APC committee chaired by Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai was set up in August 2017 to articulate the party’s position on true federalism.
The report recommended independent candidacy during elections, a referendum on national issues, public holidays to be moved to the concurrent list, and many more.