Malfunctioning Federation is the reason for Agitations - Dogara

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said that agitations from various parts of the country are indications that the Federation of Nigeria is not functioning as it ought to.

This, he added, is why the House of Representatives has begun processes to interface with Nigerians across the country through its Special Adhoc Committee on Agitations with a view to addressing areas of challenges.

The Speaker made the remarks when he received members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism,  led by the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, in his office.


Dogara said, “When you talk about federalism, you are talking about the distribution of powers in a given society. Here in Nigeria, government powers are distributed vertically and horizontally; vertically from federal to local governments, horizontally, across the three departments of government and that is the executive, the legislature, in no particular order, and the judiciary.

“Whether this has worked, we can only know from the feelings of the citizens of this country and, I guess, agitations coming from various quarters show that something is wrong with our federation and something must be done.

“Fortunately, we have people in our party in Nigeria who can proffer solutions to the challenges that we have and if we don’t do it, no one is coming to do it for us. Even if we pray, angels will not do this, God will not do it on our behalf, as a matter of fact, we are the angels that God has put in this country to solve our own problems and if we abdicate, sooner or later, we will face the very dire consequences because whatever we permit, we are responsible for and we had permitted to a point that they were threatening to consume us. Thank God we are beginning to take the right steps in the right direction to address these issues.”

The Speaker applauded the APC  for giving flesh to the commitment made in its manifesto about giving a balanced federation and addressing issues relating to true federalism, saying “it is the very first time that a national party, in the history of this country, will be taking this issue so serious as to constitute a committee to hold discussions with Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country and proffer solutions to them.”



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