The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has said northerners who are not in support for the restructuring of country are not speaking for the North.
The Governor said the committee that produced the draft bill on restructuring had to step it down to prevent the bill from being politicised.
El-Rufai speaking on Tuesday during a session at the 26th National Economic Summit in Abuja stated that efforts were being made to pass on the draft bill to the National Assembly for consideration.
El-Rufai maintained that the stand of most members of the All Progressives Congress was that the bill be passed into law based on its diverse benefits to the country.
He expressed his dissatisfaction that some northerners were opposed to restructuring, the governor stressed that they were being selfish in their mentality.
He added that Nigerians should understand the difference between the position of some northerners and the North as a region.
El-Rufai said, “We have the highest number of out-of-school children. We have the highest poverty rate. We have the lowest JAMB cut-off rate. So, what are the advantages in the North in the current situation?
“As the Governor of Kaduna State, I have had to look at these issues and try to see how I can get the people of my state up on the ladder. I think you need to differentiate the knowledge from a few and the voice of the silent majority.”
He added, “If there are northern leaders today, by virtue of the fact that I am a governor, I must be there. So, who are these northerners against restructuring? Who are they? Who are they speaking for?
“Let us have a very honest, unemotional conversation without looking down on people or insulting them or framing them.”
The draft bill was submitted to the Federal Government in January 2018 by the El-Rufai-led committee.