Nigeria’s ruling party APC Thursday received the report of its panel, headed by Kaduna State governor Nasir el-Rufai, on how the country should be restructured or rather “processed”.

A selection of some recommendations contained in the 2014 National Conference, which the party had rejected, the 56-page document appears to be one aimed at the 2019 polls. It proposes state police and prisons, independent candidacy, partial resource control (onshore for oil), state of residence, among others.

The el-Rufai report is clearly diversionary and not one even its makers believe in. At least there is no likelihood of debating it, much less implementing it, before the general elections already slated for February 2019. Many believe it is a response to former President Obasanjo’s recent statement attacking the party over nonperformance.

Party chairman John Odigie-Oyegun was full of praises for the shallow report, as he received it on Thursday.

President Buhari had, in a New Year message, advocated “processing” rather than restructuring the nation.

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