HUMAN rights lawyer, and activist, Mr Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has stated that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, only speaks for the Federal Government and not for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Falana expressed his views as a guest on on Wednesday while featuring on Politics Today on Channels Television.
Falana stated, “If they expect that the Presidency will act on these resolutions, the governors may be wasting their precious time. What happened today was that the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on behalf of the government, ‘no, we are not opposed to restructuring; however, we don’t want a separation of the country.’
“Was he speaking for the President or for the Federal Government? That was why the governors were asking the President to address the nation by responding to these fundamental suggestions made to advance the cause of the unity of this country.”
“When it was clear about three years ago that the APC had abandoned the demands for power devolution; that the Federal Government… the Buhari administration was not interested in restructuring, the APC was embarrassed and the (2019) election was around the corner.
“So, the APC quickly set up a committee headed by the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai. That committee came up with profound recommendations on restructuring. Again, the Presidency has not acted on the recommendations.”