Nigeria’s Unity Is Non-Negotiable, Says Tambuwal; Rejects Restructuring

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged aggrieved groups across the country to adopt dialogue to resolve their differences.


Governor Tambuwal said he believes “in the unity of the country, which is non-negotiable. Dialogue is also the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at anytime. “There are really challenges in Nigeria, and it is not peculiar to the nation, and these challenges are surmountable.”

He made the call when he received various professional groups, who paid him Sallah homage yesterday in Sokoto. The groups included Sokoto Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture; Association of Resident Communities; Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations, among others. Tambuwal rejected calls for the “geographical” restructuring of the country, saying instead, the country should focus on fiscal restructuring. He promised to revive ailing industries in the state in partnership with the chamber, and adopt policies to bolster trade and commerce.

The governor assured the group of non-indigenes living in the state that they were equal partners in running the affairs of the state, while urging the NGOs and other groups to offer constructive criticisms that would guide the government in meeting the challenges confronting the state.