Gani Adams, Yoruba groups insist on restructuring, condemn Oba title abroad

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The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and Convener of Oodua Progressive Union (OPU), Iba Gani Adams and some Yoruba groups have restated their demand for restructuring of Nigeria.

This was outcome of the OPU Europe Summit held in Germany yesterday.

In attendance were leaders and members of organisations such as OPU, Egbe Isokan Omo Yoruba and Egbe Isedale Ati Ilosiwaju Omo Yoruba.

In a communique released to the media, the coalition also warned that the ethnic culture and tradition must never be desecrated on the premise of modernisation.

The summit further condemned Yorubas who refers to themselves as an Oba in Diaspora.

The communique read: “Any Yoruba can be leader of a Yoruba association but it is against our culture to refer to himself as Oba. Our traditional institution is sacred and we won’t allow anybody tarnish our image. We urge Yoruba Obas to condemn this in its entirety.

“On the urgent need to restructure Nigeria, the summit notes that estructuring simply means reorganisation, not disintegration. Nigeria, as a sovereign country blessed with human and natural resources should be a first-class state in the comity of nations.

“Recent inventions globally have clearly shown that restructuring is the only way out of the crisis in Nigeria. For years, patriotic Nigerians have been agitating for restructuring but a few elements in the society are against this for selfish reasons.

“Those calling for restructuring should not be seen as enemies of state but as partners in progress. Whether now or later, restructuring is a must if the country must move forward.

“APC is the ruling party in the country and it must fulfil one of its promises – restructuring – which it made before it got into office in 2015.

“Many countries will change from petrol/diesel vehicles to electric vehicles soon. The big question our leaders should answer is: when this come off, what happens to our oil?

“When majority of countries in the western world have no need to buy our oil, how will governors, who send their Finance Commissioners to Abuja every month, pay salaries?

“Governance in Nigeria – security, monetary policy, resources, education, infrastructure, etc – must be decentralised for Nigerians to have a sense of belonging. The time for restructuring is now.”

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