Yoruba Group Rejects Calls For Restructuring

Socio-political group, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, has rejected  calls  for the  restructuring of the country,  describing them  as insensitive and self-serving.

Akin Malaolu, the Secretary General of the group, who described  restructuring as unconstitutional, warned  that  any attempt to force it on Nigerians would be illegitimate.

According to the group, restructuring is an extreme measure that can further divide Nigerians along religious and tribal lines.

It also said restructuring   would worsen the spate of bloody communal clashes across the country, insisting that  the Boko Haram insurgency would be  “ child’s play.’’

The group said  that the people of the South West Zone were not in support of  restructuring, contrary to the suggestion in some quarters.

It also said the Yoruba were not behind the zone’s umbrella socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, that had been calling for  restructuring.

“We see those clamouring for Nigeria to take that wrong route as usurpers  who lost out suddenly and helplessly in the 2015 general elections.

“Their wounds have remained unhealed due to dwindling ill-gotten wealth,” the group said.

The clamour for restructuring was reignited by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who  in 2016  underscored the need for true federalism.

Since then, the issue had  been in the front burner of national discourse with many notable Nigerians and groups lending their support.

But  President Muhammadu Buhari, in his  2018 New Year broadcast, opined that Nigeria’s problems had  more to do with process than structure.

Yoruba Ronu reasoned along the same line, noting that attention should be paid to poor governance  at the state and local government levels.

It said: “We have undertaken an inventory of conditions of our people and Nigerians in general, mainly in order to understand and to identify their needs within the Nigerian space.

“It is true that years of stunted growth created abject poverty, unemployment, deprivations and others.

“But the good news is that the current government at the centre is doing its best to reorder our priorities with concerted efforts noticeable in all areas.

“Today, most states and local governments are in wrong hands and leaders and elders should take a critical look at their own domains first and foremost before venturing into the national space.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should be praised and not vilified as it is being done by elders that should know the truth but appear more interested in playing politics.

 

“Nigeria and Nigerians deserve peace to grow their nation in all areas and it is everyone’s duty to give same through contributions and not competition.

“We must congratulate ourselves that Nigeria has been taken back from wrong hands, from false friends and from leaders without milk of human kindness in them.

“We urge Nigerians to defend their country loyally and faithfully as being done by the president and his team,” it added.

While reaffirming its confidence in the president, the group urged  “ all people of good conscience to continue to support him” as Nigerians confront the challenges of nationhood.

 

NAN

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