- A group of Yoruba elders under the aegis of Yoruba Summit Group has said Nigeria must be restructured before 2023 general elections
- The group said the current federal structure could no longer sustain the unity of the country
- According to the Yoruba elders, any attempt to go ahead with elections in 2023 without restructuring would spell doom for Nigeria
The Yoruba Summit Group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise the agitation for restructuring by Nigerians.
In a communique issued after a meeting on Saturday, July 25, the group said President Buhari must restructure Nigeria fiscally and structurally before the 2023 general election in the interest of national peace and unity, ThisDay reports.
The group warned that self-determination would be the next option should the Nigerian government fail to implement restructuring.
Legit.ng gathers that the meeting was attended by Yoruba leaders such as Pa. Rueben Fasoranti; Pa. Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu and Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams.
According to the Yoruba leaders, the current federal structure could no longer sustain the unity of the country.
They also claimed that Southern Nigerian alone “contributes 90 percent of the country’s revenue to the federation account.”
The leaders accused the administration of President Buhari of frustrating the restructuring of Nigeria to favour the north.
“We, the Yorùbá Nation, therefore reject the holding of a future general election before restructuring Nigeria fiscally and structurally. We state that the ship of state is veering off precariously into a precipice, and that Nigeria is at the very edge of a political subsidence.
“We are persuaded that nothing short of restructuring can save this country. Any attempt to go ahead with elections in 2023 without addressing the issue of restructuring would spell doom for Nigeria," the group said.
The Yoruba leaders also called on President Buhari to convene “an urgent meeting of all nationalities now to determine the nature of our relationships".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed concern over the current debates about restructuring the nation.
The ex-Nigerian leader is worried that if the restructuring debate generates any further, it could lead to violence as groups move for self-governance.
Obasanjo made the statement at the inaugural anniversary lecture of the late founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Frederick Fasehun.
The former military general warned the President-Muhammadu-Buhari administration to quickly manage the situation before it gets worse.
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