- A chieftain of a pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, describes restructuring as necessary for the country’s growth
- President general of a pan-Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, says Nigeria is a federation in name and not in practice
- Atiku Abubakar accuses the APC of making Nigeria worse than it was before
A chieftain of a pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and the president general of a pan-Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, have warned that Nigeria’s future would remain uncertain if its governance system is not restructured urgently.
The Punch reports that the elder statesmen gave the warring on Wednesday, May 2, at the 10th anniversary symposium of the late Senator Abraham Adesanya held in Lagos.
Adebanjo, who described restructuring as necessary for the country’s growth, said restructuring doesn’t mean anything other than to restructure the country back to federalism.
He said: "When you say restructuring, it doesn’t mean anything other than to restructure the country back to federalism. It is a shame today to find the so-called followers of (Chief Obafemi) Awolowo (the late Premier of the old Western Region) asking, what is restructuring?”
In his speech, Nwodo, described Nigeria as a federation in name and not in practice.
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He said:“The essence of a federation is that it is a group of people with diverse characteristics who come together as different people and different units and donate their powers to the Federal Government.
"That is what we did in 1963; it means that whoever must lead our country must be someone who is prepared to see himself as an Adesanya, who is Yoruba, but also a Nigerian.
Daily Independent reports that Atiku spoke on Wednesday, May 2 during his visit to the Peoples Democratic Party secretariat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
Atiku lamented that those making Nigeria worse were not part of the struggle for democracy. He said the PDP may win 27 states because Nigerians are tired of the APC.
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