President Muhammadu Buhari said in Abuja on Friday that the thorny topic of restructuring, true federalism, or devolution of powers is a constitutional problem that only the National Assembly can address, emphasising his position on giving the people more power.
At the State House, President Buhari was greeted by members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), led by Co-Chairmen Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle.
At the meeting, the President said:
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary. Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has cost the country a lot of pain.
“Luckily the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’