“Tinubu Not Permitted To Move Federal Capital To Lagos” – Shehu Sani

Former Kaduna lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has stated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot change the capital of Nigeria to Lagos.

Sani said the federal capital can only be relocated to Lagos through a constitutional amendment and not by the president or group.

Posting on X, the former lawmaker urged Senators to intelligently address the issue during plenary sessions.

According to Sani: “Abuja’s status as the Federal Capital of Nigeria is a strong constitutional provision that no individual or group including the President can change it. The status of Abuja can only change if there is a constitutional amendment to that effect and the cumbersome and controversial process of changing or altering the constitution is well known.

“President Tinubu cannot change the capital of Nigeria to Lagos, and I believe he will not. But we should remind ourselves that many federal establishments are not headquartered in the FCT, for example; NECO Hq is in Minna, NBTE is in Kaduna, and NDDC is in PH. Nigerian Railway HQ is still in Ebute meta, Lagos.

“Some of the HQ of Federal agencies were deliberately cited outside Abuja because of the interest of those who were in power in the past, and some of the Agencies are still outside Abuja because their Abuja Headquarters building is yet to be built.

“However, people have the right to express their opinion including raising issues when they feel suspicious of any move. That is democracy. I want to see Senators and Reps you elected stand up on the floor of their chambers and speak intelligently on matters like this to set the record straight and calm the nerves.”

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