- President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to return Nigeria to true federalism
- The appeal was made by Yoruba leaders including governors and monarchs via a 13-point communique
- During a meeting also attended by an FG delegation, the southwest leaders also called for "specific measures to repair damages" done during EndSARS protest
Yoruba leaders have demanded equal treatment of the nation and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigeria is brought back to true federalism to avert a crisis like the one witnessed during the EndSARS protest.
The resolution was made on Sunday, November 8, via a 13-point communique released when the Yoruba leaders including monarchs and ministers from the southwest region met in Lagos.
While backing the growing call for restructuring, they also concluded that corporate existence is the only way to foster the unity of Nigeria and explore its diversity for greatness.
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Legit.ng gathers that the traditional rulers who graced the meeting are: Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Frederick Akinrutan; Oba of Lagos Riwanu Akiolu; Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi.
Ministers and governors in attendance include Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and his deputy Dr Obafemi Hazat, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun.
The federal delegation include Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the director-general, Department of State Services (DSS), Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bich, work and housing minister Babatunde Raji Fashola.
“We call for specific measures and proposals to repair damage done to the physical infrastructure and economic assets of the South West.
"We believe that the prolonged closure of the border has caused economic difficulties and should be re-examined to alleviate problems of the people in the border communities and prices of some essential commodities. There is need to review the closure and permit resumption of economic and trading activities.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari asked traditional rulers in the country to help in conveying the government's message to youths in the country.
Buhari made the statement on Thursday, November 5, when he held a meeting with some traditional rulers from different parts of the country in Abuja.
He said the government has heard the cries of protesting youths and is attending to their demands.
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