*says it should not be seen as threat, intimidation
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Director General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Mr Seye Oyeleye on Tuesday tasked the Federal Government to be sensitive to the continuous clamouring for the restructuring of Nigeria.
The DAWN Commission DG while speaking with our correspondent in Ibadan, said instead of considering the clamour as threat or intimidation to government, it is now time for the Federal government to listen to the clamour
According to him, by doing this, the government will be in the best position to listen to the views of those clamouring for the restructuring of Nigeria and jointly resolve the causes of the agitations once and for all.
The DAWN DG emphasized that the Federal government ought to be a listening one, stressing “a government in democracy should be listening. This is not a military government.”
“The whole country is saying that we need to restructure for us to survive as a country. Why is the clamour for restructuring becoming louder? What is this government doing that is necessitating the clamour? , he said.
Mr Oyeleye added, “that is what this government should sit down and do. They should not see it as being indicated or threatened”.
“The clamour for restructuring should not be seen as threatening or intimidating the government. For Shehu Garba to come out to say that government cannot be intimidated is a very unfortunate statement. A government in democracy should be listening. This is not a military government.”
Commenting on the reaction of the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu on clamour by some Nigerians for the restructuring of the country, the DAWN DG described the comments as “unfortunate and unwelcoming”.
He stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari should carefully consider why the people are making the call rather than discountenance it, saying, “whatGarba Shehu said is very unfortunate because government is enlisted to serve and listen to the people”.
“If the people are clamouring for a particular thing, it is the duty of government to listen and ask why and is what they are clamouring for right or wrong? What they should do is that they should have listening ears”.