Osinbajo defends views on restructuring

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Nigeria's Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo

For those criticizing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over his views on the restructuring of the country, his Senior Special Assistant(Media and Publicity), Laolu Akande, has released the transcripts of the Vice President’s views on restructuring during a live programme on TVC on Tuesday

Read the transcripts here.

“I SUPPORT STATE POLICE BUT DON’T ACCEPT RESTRUCTURING NIGERIA ALONG ETHNIC LINES OR DIVIDING THE COUNTRY”

” I LIKE TO SEE A NIGERIA WHERE WE DE-EMPHASISE ETHNICITY”

Nigeria is a major concept, it’s a huge thing, there are many issues surrounding it. For example, I have always been a strong believer in fiscal federalism that is to say, that the states must have more resources and we went to the Supreme Court. I actually went to the Supreme Court as Attorney-General of Lagos State, no less than ten times on issues of fiscal federalism.

As a matter of fact, one of the things we said at that point was that we are trying to structure Nigeria’s federalism by court action. We went to court several times. For example on the issue of whether states have the right to certain degrees of autonomy, we fully supported that and said the state have right of autonomy with (regards) even to their resources.

VAT for example: we believe VAT must be a state matter, sales tax ought to be a state matter. I strongly believe in that and we’ve always fought for those issues.

State police: I strongly believe that we must have state police.

Dividing Nigeria, going back to regions and all of those kinds of things, I do not believe that at all. I don’t think that we need to go back to regions.

So, if there are people who believe that we must structure ourselves again along ethnic lines I don’t accept …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper