Notable elder statesmen and socio-cultural leaders on Saturday converged, pronouncing Nigeria became lengthy overdue for restructuring even as warning the Federal Government that the USA was bleeding from terrible leadership and terrible regulations.
The statesmen added that the authorities must now not take Nigerians for granted, as the security and socioeconomic situations of the us of a have been deteriorating.
At the programme which held truly have been; a frontrunner of the Afenifere socio-cultural institution, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; a former vice-presidential candidate and Serving Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church (previously called Latter Rain Assembly), Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare; a former presidential candidate and political economist, Prof Pat Utomi; and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland land, Gani Adams.
Others were political scientist, Mr Akin Osuntokun; and singers, Onyeka Onwenu and Eedris Abdulkareem.
The programme become themed, ‘#EndSARS consolidation of handshake across the Niger: An interactive session with Iba Gani Adams and Igbo/Yoruba champions.’
The session become moderated by the Publisher of Ovation Media Group, Chief Dele Momodu, and Maazi Ezeoke.
Afenifere chieftain, Adebanjo, said the President, Major General Muhammdu Buhari (retd), had selected to “remain stubborn in spite of calls by several elder statesmen and sections of the USA” that Nigeria became due for restructuring.
Adebanjo stated that the country have to go back to the 1960 Independence Constitution when the areas had autonomy.
He stated, “My view is that we don’t investigate the beyond. The way ahead is for us to sign up for arms together for the team spirit of this united states of america. It is not the question of self-willpower that we’re after. Anybody opposing restructuring is an enemy of a united Nigeria.
“Buhari is an enemy of the USA via no longer restructuring. If we don’t restructure, this u . S . Can not live. I am not opposed to self-determination but self-willpower is the last resort. We are not going to beg to be part of Nigeria.
“The government of the day have to be reasonable sufficient to restructure this usa on the idea of actual federalism. From the outset, we have insisted that we can’t hold this US. Collectively in a unitary system of government.
“A lot of problems we’re having now are self-inflicted by way of the northern hegemony. Is Buhari extra Fulani than the Sardauna of Sokoto? If we don’t apprehend what restructuring is, allow us to pass back to the Independence constitution.
“The hassle we have now became introduced by way of the navy – the navy gave us this constitution and imposed country and neighborhood governments arbitrarily. Hence, human beings are cheated. The gift device we are using was created by means of the navy. All the leaders of this us of a have been telling Buhari, restructure this usa. He remained stubborn and what we’ve got are killings.
“I won’t live in this USA. Under this constitution. I want to warn the Igbo that they are deceiving them that they’ll deliver them (Igbo) presidency. They also are deceiving (Asiwaju Bola) Tinubu. I want to make it clear again that in case you make my son the president underneath this constitution, I will oppose him. I am an embittered Nigerian due to what Buhari is doing to us. If we comply with an equitable deal, there could be no trouble. Give us regional autonomy.”
Also, the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Adams, in his remarks, made a strong case for restructuring, adding that any place became unfastened to call for a breakup if restructuring became not heeded to.
He stated, “When we speak about restructuring with out a strategy, it will be very tough. We will preserve crying for restructuring for some other a hundred years and our institutions may be destroyed. The era coming behind us won’t have the kind of endurance that we have. Look on the recent protests they organised.
“They have a seven-point call for – training, health and others. When we are saying we don’t need this united states to break, we don’t need to head our separate methods, the best issue that may grip the North and spike their hearts is to mention if we don’t restructure, we will cut up.”