Popular Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN said that the Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed speaks for the Federal Government and not for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The legislator representing Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in Kogi State at the House of Representatives, Teejay Yusuf, also stated that Nigerians need to hear directly from Buhari on his position on the resolutions reached by the Southern Governors’ Forum on Tuesday.
“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.