The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has blamed the crises facing the country on the failure of its leadership to embrace restructuring.
Mr Adams, who is also the National Coordinator of the Odu’ua Peopes Congress (OPC), spoke in Akure on Saturday, at a reception organised for him by the Ondo State Government.
He said the Yoruba nation would continue the struggle for restructuring, because it is the only way forward in actualising the vision of an economically buoyant and a politically stable Nigeria.
“Without restructuring, how will Nigeria become an economic and political giant?” asked Mr Adams. “From time immemorial, resistance to transformation is as legendary as the creation of the world.
“According to a Yoruba adage, the flood has the intention of destroying a house but the landlord will not allow it.”
He said to change Nigeria would require courage, noting that he was certain the Yoruba nation as a bloc in Nigeria was determined to ensure the country was equitably restructured.
“And there is no going back because that is the only way this country can survive,” he said. “Nigeria is going through various crises today because some leaders are stubbornly against restructuring.”
Mr Adams assured that whether now or in the future, Nigeria would be restructured because that was the only way to guarantee peace and security in the country.
“If this country is restructured in a way that every locality controls the instrumentality of security, the wanton killings of Nigerians will stop automatically,” he said.
“If this country is restructured economically, no finance commissioner will be going to Abuja every month to collect pittance in the name of monthly allocation.
“If this country is restructured equitably, the current revenue sharing formula in which the federal government collects 52.68 per cent of centrally-collected revenues in the Federation Account, leaving states and local governments with 26.72 per cent and 20.60 per cent will stop.
“If this country is restructured politically, responsible politicking, through independent candidature, will be introduced into our polity which will automatically knock out god fatherism from our politics.
“To have an egalitarian society, restructuring is the answer. We want Nigeria to survive as a nation. That is why we are agitating that Nigeria must be restructured and our political and economic powers must derive legitimacy from the people.”
The Ondo State Government and other indigenes of the state held the reception to honour Mr Adams over his appointment as the generalissimo of the Yoruba nation by the Alaafin of Oyo in January.
It was also in recognition of the fact that this is the first time a person from Ondo and Ekiti axis would be made the Aare Ona Kakanfo.
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