The spokesman of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, has said that anyone who promises to restructure the country between 6 to 12 months is telling “the biggest lie”.
You will recall that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had said he would restructure Nigeria in six months if elected president.
Commenting on Atiku’s plan, Keyamo said President Buhari will not engage in deceit by promising what cannot be achieved.
According to him, the time span given by Atiku cannot work with the constitutional provisions for amendments that will allow restructuring.
“In the campaign manual, the president has not said that he will object to a constitutional amendment. He has not engaged in a deceitful nature to say I want to restructure when he knows he cannot in six months.
“Anybody that tells you that restructuring is something that should be done outside the amendment of the constitution is a lie. Restructuring is about devolution of powers, fiscal federalism. You cannot do that without amending the constitution.
“We call it the restructuring farce by the opposition. It is a farce because there is a clear procedure in the constitution for amending the constitution.
“So, anybody that comes and says I want to restructure Nigeria in 6 months, in one year, Nigerians should know that it is the biggest lie that they are telling them right now.
When asked how the President Buhari administration plans to fund the projects listed to be completed in four years, he said that:
“They will find a way. It is important to have a plan on the table, expecting resources to come.
“There must be a plan on the table so that when money comes, you know exactly where to plot it into.
“The money has always been there. The problem has always been the looting of our resources. This administration has shown the uncanny ability to manage the little resources to achieve so much”.