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Yoruba Elders say Restructuring the way Forward

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Pic.14. From left: Representative the Governor of Osun State, Tosin Ogunsola; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae; Chief Executive Officer of Elizade Motors, Chief Ade Ojo; and Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state; at the Yoruba Agenda for Restructuring in Ibadan on
Thursday (7/9/17)
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The Yoruba elders have insisted that Nigeria must return to a proper federation as obtained in the 1960 and 1963 constitutions to ensure peace and meaningful development.

They made this view known at the Yoruba summit held in Ibadan on Thursday, which attracted Yoruba leaders, governors, parliamentarians, social cultural groups, professional bodies, market leaders and youth groups.

The summit after exhaustive deliberations issued a communiqué signed by Afe Babalola (SAN) and Dr Kunle Olajide, the Aare of Efon Kingdom.

According to them, the country as a multi-ethnic country could only know real peace and development when it is run along federal lines.

The summit resolved that the greatest imperatives of restructuring Nigeria was to move from a rent-seeking and money sharing anti-development economy to productivity.

It stated that this could be achieved by ensuring that the federating units are free to own and develop their resources, while they pay agreed sums to the federation purse to implement central services.

The summit agreed that the federating units, be it states, zones or regions, must themselves be governed by written constitution to curb impunity at all levels.

It demanded that Nigeria should be a federation comprised of six regions and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, while the regions shall in turn be composed of states.

Pic.15. From left: Leader of the South South delegates, Sen. Ike Nwachuku; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae; and President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; at the Yoruba Agenda for Restructuring in Ibadan on Thursday (7/9/17) 04826/7/9/17/Esther Bode Are/JAU/NAN

“The Federal Government should make laws and only have powers in relations to items specified on the legislative list contained in the constitution of the Federation.

“Each region shall have its own constitution containing enumerated exclusive and
concurrent legislative lists regarding matters upon which the regions and the states may act or legislate.

“Contiguous territories, ethnic nationalities or settlement shall be at liberty through a
plebiscite, to elect to be part of any contiguous region other than the region in which the
current geo-political zone or state boundaries places them,’’ the communiqué read.

According to the summit, states as presently comprised in the geo-political zones into which they fall shall become regions and continue to exercise the executive, legislative and judicial functions currently exercised.

“States within a region shall determine the items on the legislative lists in the regional constitution for the purpose of good government and the administration.

“Also, provision of common inter-state social, economic and infrastructural requirements. Residual powers shall be vested in the states.’’

The communiqué noted that the power to create states shall be within the exclusive powers of the region, which shall be obliged to create a state provided a plebiscite is conducted.

This, it said shall be following a request by an agreed percentage of the residents of the ethnic nationality within a state, while the state holds the power to create local governments and assign functions.

The summit resolved that states shall be entitled to manage all resources found within their boundaries and the revenue accruing therefrom.

“The issue of the entitlement of littoral states to shore resources and the extension of such rights from the continental shelf and rights accuring to the Federal Government shall be determined by the national assembly.

“The sharing ratio of all revenues raised by means of taxation shall be 50 per cent to the states, 35 percent to the regional government and 15 percent to the government of the federation.

“For a period of 10 years from the commencement of the operation of the new constitution, there shall be a special fund for the development of all minerals in the country,’’ it stated.

The summit added that government of the federation shall raise the sum by way of additional taxation on resources at a rate to be agreed by the National Assembly.

It stated that the National Assembly shall set up a body to manage the funds with equal representation of nominees from each of the regional governments.

The summit also said that the National Assembly shall set out and specify the guidelines for the administration of the funds exclusively for this purpose, while the president of the Federation shall appoint a chairperson for the entity so formed

The summit had recalled the great strides made by the Yoruba nation in the years of self-government until the abrogation of the federal constitution in 1966.

It stated that such was evident in mass literacy, novel infrastructural strides and giant leaps in all spheres of human development.

The summit warned that Nigeria was working dangerously to the edge of the slope except urgent steps are taken to restructure Nigeria, saying there was need to restructure from a unitary to federal constitution.

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15 Comments

  1. Bowl

    September 8, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Way forward ! but who will fight for it ?
    Nigeria’s greatest problem is the Hausa Fulani oligarchy. Unless it is destroyed. we will never move forward as a nation.

    • fleur

      September 9, 2017 at 5:22 am

      But this plan already failed if na all these oldies dey draw up the plan. Why cant we ever see a mix of the old and the new? The old cannot lead us past when they stop being active. Ike Nwachukwu, John Nwodo. Heaves a sigh and walks away shoulders slumped, head shaking.

  2. Funms

    September 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    “Restructuring” what?! Please all these people should go and sit down!!! Our leaders have failed. Failed because of their incompetence and now they’re looking for excuses to justify their foolery! If we would just elect ONLY COMPETENT PEOPLE!!!

    • Peaches77

      September 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Even having competent people with the current structure will make very little impact and eventually fail. Nigeria is better managed in smaller components within a true federal system

  3. Martins

    September 8, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Afonjas the chameleons!!

  4. nnenne

    September 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Great! Nothing like a healthy competition.
    How do we balance the presence of the Federal government as we have it now?
    Truth is some regions have far more FGN infrastructure more than others .example, southwest Vs southeast.

  5. drake

    September 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    First of all, thanks to Afenifere for this initiative – bringing Yoruba stakeholders together with a view to coming up with a unified Yoruba position on restructuring. Every Yoruba Christians, liberals, traditionalists and atheists still supporting this contraption called Nigeria and opposing every move to restructure shouldhave a rethink. See, Yoruba nation is going down the drain day by day and no one seems to care. Educationally, we have lost it! Check the recent WAEC performance stats released recently. Chai, I remember my days. Stop deluding yourself about Yoruba leading the pack. Those days are gone.Yoruba youths have become very lazy. Thisis why they asslick and kowtow to politicians for crumbs. Morally, nko? Yoruba youths don’t want to thread the noble path of working hard to achieve success. Stop all this APC PDP bullshits! Think Yoruba first. Think about your unborn children. Yoruba have lost it! Apart from the normal diss we have with the Igbos here, we should not oppose Biafra and restructuring. Most of you think APC oryou have been deceived and brainwashed to think there is one anti corruption fight going on. Wake up and smell the coffee. Hausa Fulani are the biggest winner in this disagreement among the southern regions.The more the Yorubas are hobnobbing withthe Abokiiss, the more retrogressive they become. Iron sharpeneth Iron.Heck, we don’t even control our own ports in the SW. They are all manned by Hausa Fulani. They control the port and even custom in our own domain and you’re not ashamed. Gullible Yorubas, wake up, think and let us support this move for restructuring while the heat is on.This is a distress call to Yoruba Christians, liberals, atheists and traditionalist. Stop hiding your cowardice in the name of sophistication.If you want your unborn children to inherit this mess of APC PDP and the retrogression that this quota system one Nigeria and unitary system represents, then you can be my guest.”In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    • Stupidity as sophistication

      September 8, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you drake. The problem with southerners as a whole is the thinking that they are sophisticated. Each time southeast protests the joke we have as a federation southwest will oppose them and vice versa. Even when there are human rights abuses in the north (e.g child bride) it is still the oversabi southern activist that will raise alarm. All the northern elite do is to relax, exalt incompetence while the southerners fool themselves in the name of being educated, sophisticated or objective.
      What’s the value of your education if it’s of no use to you? You have PhD but a man without a WAEC certificate can intimidate you, acquire power and make you his servant against merit. You’re a renowned whatever but someone with first school leaving certificate is your boss. He lords over you while they are cooking certificates for him in one school to regularise his position and more promotions to come. Is that what education and sophistication is all about? Even when their elite ‘allow’ you to hold the power for a while you’ll pander to their wishes because they have graciously allowed you to be there for a while. IBB annulled 1993 election which Abiola won. When he was leaving office on 27th August of the same year he said he would ‘step aside’. Stepping aside meant his exit was temporary, that he would still come back. And he did come back in 2015 but lost in the primary. If someone threatens that monkeys and baboons will be soaked in blood if election doesn’t go as he wants, he’s making such threat because he knows it’s his right to have his way irrespective of what the majority thinks.
      The problem is with the southerners, with their foolish Igbo/Yoruba cold war. Middlebeltans are equally as timid. The northern elite are far more politically sophisticated than the rest who are enabling them with their nonsensical version of sophistication.

    • Stupidity as sophistication

      September 8, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      He came back in 2011*

  6. chi

    September 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    yourubas talking behind their Arewa masters, just tell them to say it face to face with Arewa or let see how they will run leave their cloth or They will change their statement if kwankwaso arrived there tomorrow, they can’t be trusted!

  7. Silent majority

    September 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Nigerians forever shifting blame instead of asking questions.

    Your state governor today is he/she Hausa Fulani? Your local government chairman? Your Minister? Your pastor in Church? Your business partner? Are they Hausa Fulani?

    When we finish restructuring will your new leaders be different from the current ones? Would you like Fayose and FFK as your president and vice?

    Since 1999 and the latest round of democracy we had a leader from the South West for 8 years, the north effectively 2 years and the South south 5 years and now the North again for 2 years and its Hausa Fulani thats the problem of Nigeria? Thats 13 years vs 4 years

    In Lagos who are you more likely to do business with and eat with and sleep with and have as a neighbour? Hausa Fulani Abi?

    If you have been cheated in life and in business how many times has it been a Hausa Fulani person as opposed to someone who is likely from your own tribe based on logic alone.

    The problems of the whole will continue to be the problems of the part.

    Maybe then we can blame Egba people instead of Ijebu people and tell those from Ondo that those from Oyo are superior and should be first in line to lead this new Yoruba nation.

    We are a foolish people and we need to restructure our heads first.

    • LemmeRant

      September 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      This needs more likes.

      Nigerians don’t know it yet. But we all need brain resets.

    • Lola

      September 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you very much Silent Majority. They are always ready to blame the Hausas/Fulanis while their leaders are milking them dry.You guys should Continue blaming the North while your region keeps getting underdeveloped.

  8. Bowl

    September 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    @ Silent majority, as a matter of fact , we slipped into this nadir, because that oligarchy had no respect for excellence, no respect for the rule of law, no respect for due process. Corruption was its life foundation from the days of Tafawa Balewa and this was what engendered the first military coup. The idiotic Gowon and western foxes who were after their economic gains fought to keep Nigeria for that very purpose. Forty years (plus) , after we are still here.
    Unless restructuring is done as a matter of urgency, this perfidious vicious cycle will continue until the country disappears of its own accord and not because Biafra or any other group seceded.
    Give us a true federation, when we get to those challenges, we will handle them .
    Even the youths who clamour for leadership position do not have an inkling of what leadership is !

  9. Bowl

    September 8, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    And many thanks Drake

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