By AbdulSalam Muhammad
Elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has criticised the position of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on restructuring of Nigeria as hogwash and invitation to anarchy.
Yakasai said the position of Atiku was disappointing because it was full of ambiguity.
“I thought, as a politician that he (Atiku) is, that he has read our constitution from A-Z before suggesting that we can restructure in six months. My question here is, what are the details of the budgetary provisions for the Ministry of Works that should be transferred to the states’ ministries of education and so on and so forth before he made his pronouncement that these could be done within six months?”, he told Sunday Vanguard yesterday.
The former Special Adviser to Second Republic President Shehu Shagari went on: “Atiku served as Vice President for eight years. So when he threw his support for the new slogan, I celebrated that, for the first time, because of the strategic position he held in the past, he would come up with a clear definition of what we didn’t know about restructuring.
“We already have a budget approved by the National Assembly as empowered by the constitution for appropriation. So, how can we take the fund already appropriated by the National Assembly for the federal government to execute its programme and now transfer it without the consent of the National Assembly?.
“The money approved by the National Assembly was for the federal ministries with their heads and sub heads cited in the Act. How do we achieve all this without recourse to the constitution? How is it practically possible?
“If you are going to put a coma in the constitution, I know that you have to go through a process. It means you want to amend the constitution and it must go through the established protocol to avoid chaos.”
The elder statesmen was however optimistic that “as time goes on, Atiku will give further insight into how we are going to transfer an item from exclusive list to either concurrent or residual list without amending our constitution to justify his new position.”