The presidency has said Nigeria, at present, does not need restructuring as being clamored for across the country, adding that what is needed, instead, is economic development to provide food for the populace.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this on Friday while receiving some northern clerics who staged a rally to support the president and the Nigerian military on the fight against insurgency.
Shehu said his office has been receiving, on a daily basis, communiqués and resolutions from groups, calling for restructuring of the country and constitution review, adding, however that what Nigeria needed at the moment was peace for its citizens to go about their businesses.
However, the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, differed with the presidential aide, saying that restructuring would not only ensure food security for several millions of Nigerians, but also raise the economic base of the country from the N6 trillion per annum, currently generated from the oil and gas sector, to N50 trillion.
The spokesman of the group, Mr Yinka Odumakin, declared that the presidency spoke out of ignorance and lacks an understanding of the issues at stake.