The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has on Thursday exploded to reveal his stand on the widespread clamour for restructuring in Nigeria.
The state governor who described the continued call for restructuring as “madness” stated that the call for restructuring can only be stopped by good governance.
Speaking at the book launch of a former Minister of Youths and Sports Development under the Goodluck Jonathan administration now the All Progressive Congress, APC spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, the state governor said: “To hell with restructuring.”
Further during the event which took place at the Yar’Adua Centre in the Central Business District of Abuja, Shettima during the launch of the book titled “On a Platter of Gold” said: “if jobs are provided and other sectors of the economy, especially the education sector is developed, “this madness”, referring to restructuring, “will stop.”
He continued: “People are talking about artificial intelligence, other nations are talking about nano technology or robotics engineering but unfortunately, the topical issue in Nigeria is restructuring. Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring.
“Let us improve on governance, let us work for the people, invest in education, create jobs for our people, this madness will stop.”
Further describing the former leader, Goodluck Jonathan as an honest man, Kashim Shettima said: “Comparing (former President Olusegun) Obasanjo and the people he worked with and those Jonathan worked with, you will understand why.
“If you look at Obasanjo, hate him or love him, you have to respect Obasanjo for not only believing in the Nigerian project, but for surrounding himself with men of quality.
“If you mention Obasanjo, the names that readily come to mind are those of Oby Ezekwesili, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Nasiru el-Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu, Bukola Saraki and other quality Nigerians who have the capacity to add value to the system.
“But when you think of President Jonathan, with all due respect, he surrounded himself with an assorted crop of religious bigots, tribal kindred and all sorts of reactionary elements. Ateke Tom, Government Tompolo, Late Oronto Douglas, Asari Dokubo, Edwin Clark, Ayo Oritsejafor and others.”