- Otunba Gani Adams has called for restructuring in the country
- He said it is high time Nigeria moved forward on path of development
- He also advised that Yoruba should make a paradigm shift ahead of 2019
Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, has expressed that it is high time Nigeria got restructured.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, Adams was quoted saying this while addressing a large number of audience at a two-day summit and interactive session of the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) in Hamburg, Germany.
Legit.ng gathers that Aare Gani, who is the national chairman of OPU, also mentioned that Yoruba ethnic group of the country should take a new paradigm shift in its bearing ahead of 2019
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He said: "As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, there is the need for the Yoruba to adopt a new paradigm shift,” he said.
“The word, restructuring, simply means reorganization, not disintegration. Our position on this is clear and that is Nigeria cannot afford to isolate itself from the rest of the world.
"For years, patriotic Nigerians have been agitating for restructuring, but a few elements in the country are against it. As far as I am concerned, those calling for restructuring should not be seen as enemies of the state but partners in progress.’'
Gani, who earlier met the Nigeria ambassador in Berlin, Mobolaji Sakirat Ogundero, to discuss issues of restructuring, monetary policy and 2019 election, also called for the respect for Yoruba traditional institution.
He said: "Our traditional institution is sacred and we won’t allow anybody to tarnish the image, even as we urge all the Yoruba Obas in their respective states to condemn the abominable act."
At the end of summit which was attended by member of OPU across the 84 countries in the world, a communique was drawn. Below are the submissions made:
1. Yoruba culture and tradition, dating back to centuries, must never be desecrated on the premise of modernisation.
2. The summit condemns any Yoruba who refers to himself as an Oba in diaspora. Any Yoruba can be leader of Yoruba organisation, group or association but it is against Yoruba culture to refer to yourself as Oba in diaspora. Our traditional institution is sacred and we won’t allow anybody tarnish our image. We urge Yoruba Obas to condemn this in its entirety.
3. Restructuring simply means reorganisation, not disintegration
4. Nigeria, as a sovereign country blessed with human and natural resources, should be a first-class state in the comity of nations
5. Nigeria, as the most-populous black nation, should be leading the crusade for restructuring globally
6. Recent inventions globally have clearly shown that restructuring is the only way out of the crisis in Nigeria
7. For years, patriotic Nigerians have been agitating for restructuring but a few elements in the society are against this for selfish reasons
8. Those calling for restructuring should not be seen as enemies of state but as partners in progress.
9. Whether now or later, restructuring is a must if the country must move forward
10. APC is the ruling party in the country and it must fulfill one of its promises – restructuring – which it made before it got into office in 2015
11. Diversification is another name for restructuring which should be implemented immediately
12. This is due to the fact that many countries will change from petrol/diesel vehicles to electric-only vehicles soon
13. The big question our leaders should answer is: when this happens, what happens to our oil?
14. 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?
15. Those kicking against the idea of restructuring should be seen as enemies of the country.
16. Governance in Nigeria – security, monetary policy, resources, education, infrastructure, etc – must be decentralised for Nigerians to have a sense of belonging.
17. If this is not done soon, there will be no justice, equity and fairness in the polity and it will continue to lead to resistance.
18. Nigeria cannot afford to isolate itself from the rest of the world in upward development trajectory.
19. The time for restructuring is now.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Gani Adams graduated from Lagos state University (LASU) with a degree in political science.
Aare Adams shared photos from his convocation day on social media while inspiring social media users to develop a strong desire for learning.
Adams joined the rest of his classmates at LASU, Ojo campus, on May 24, as they accepted the degree honour bestowed on them, having fulfilled the academic requirements.
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