The Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, has said that the support of the North was indispensable to the achievement of a truly Federal and restructured Nigeria.
Dickson also called on political leaders in the South and the North to pull down the barriers of mistrust, misunderstanding and even miscommunication against the unity of the country.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media Relations to the Governor, Mr. FIdelis Soriwei, quoted him as having made the comment while speaking on the need for a restructured Nigeria in Kaduna on Monday after a closed door meeting with his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai. Both governors jointly addressed the press in Government House, Kaduna.
Dickson said that he had had fruitful discussions with his host on the future of the country and the imperative of sustained discussions of critical issues across party lines for the common good.
He stressed that it was indeed important for political leaders irrespective of their political parties to work together for the realization of a restructured, stable, united and great country.
He said, “As you know, you and I have had very productive, fruitful discussions about the future of our country, we agreed that across party lines, leaders of our country need to come together, to reason together, work together for the good of our country.
“And that is why I am here to discuss issues on restructuring of our country as a united stable and prosperous nation where all Nigerians can have a sense of belonging, a nation founded on fairness and justice, a nation that can aspire to be one of the greatest on the face of the earth and we have the potentials.
“I want to make this very clear that the northern part of Nigeria is not just essential to this new vision, the buy in òf the north is critical, it is indispensable in bringing about this new Nigeria that is anchored on restructuring, true federalism and devolution of powers to the federating units..
“And that is why I have called on political leaders in my region and in other parts of this country to break down the barriers of misunderstanding and mistrust and sometimes miscommunications, and we can only do so when leaders continue to meet as we have done.”
In his remarks, the Governor òf Kaduna State, El Rufai, observed that there were some aspects of the Nigerian Federalism in need of improvements as was contained in the report of the APC Committee on restructuring.
El Rufai who was chairman of the APC Committee on Restructuring said that the ruling party had set up a technical committee on the Implementation of the key recommendations of the committee which he said had been working.
The Kaduna Governor said that he was optimistic that the technical committee would soon present its report to the party so that the recommendations could be sent to the Federal Government.
“We must all work together, put all hands on deck to make the country better. For me the federation requires some rebalancing, and the work of our APC Committee on true Federalism reflected the consensus among our party leaders.
“And the APC National Executive Committee has adopted our report and set up a technical committee on implementation which is working. I hope that that technical committee will soon report to the party so that the party will send the recommendations to the government.
“But I do think that there are aspects of our federation that needs to be improved and those have been reflected in our reports.”
El Rufai, described Dickson as a stabilizing factor and commended him for appreciating the good work of his committee even though he belongs to another political party.