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A former National Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Convener of Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), Dr. Usman Bugaje, has said the North will take a position on restructuring based on research and consensus, rather than on emotion and selfishness.
According to him, it is necessary for the North to rise above the confusion and present a more rational position.
He, however, said the use of inaccurate    arguments on restructuring had created tension in the country.
Bugaje, who spoke in a statement in Abuja, said: “In the last one year or so, ‘restructuring’ and ‘true federalism’ have dominated the political discourse in Nigeria. Unfortunately, when you listen to speeches and read articles on these issues, you will note that there are as many comprehensions of these terms as there are people speaking or writing.
“Besides, most of the discussions seem to ignore the history of the evolution of our federalism, and this failure has robbed the exercise of its propriety, accuracy and clarity.”

He noted that although citizens were at liberty to canvass restructuring, “their use of imprecise terms and  inaccurate arguments had not only resulted in communication breakdown, but helped to spread confusion and generate needless tension in the polity”.
Bugaje hinted that ARDP will hold a two-day conference in Kaduna, to bring clarity, accuracy and coherence into the debate, and provide a sound basis upon which the North will anchor its position.
According to him, the planning committee drew heavily from northern academic institutions and organisations as NEF, ACF, Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Code Group, Northern Delegates Forum, Northern Re-awakening, Jamiyyar Matan Arewa and Arewa Initiative for Good Governance, among others.
He added: “This conference seeks to blend academic presentations with real politics. While academics and experts will lead with papers, a panel of practitioners will discuss the issues extensively. The audience will also be allowed to raise issues and make input into the discussions.
“Some of the key papers will be on the historicity of the Nigerian federation; an examination of the constitutional developments in pre- and post-colonial Nigeria; and the dangers of war, the dynamics of peace.
“Others will look at the principles of fiscal federalism and revenue allocation; the land question and the development agenda of the North. In the afternoons, a panel of experts will focus on these presentations and bring the practical dimensions to the fore, while the audience gets a chance to make their input.”

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