Oyo State governor, Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi has admonished the family of the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola to reach out and involve more people and political leaders on issues and events relating to the late premier, whom he described as an “unsung hero.”
The governor, who spoke during a lecture marking the 50 th anniversary of the death of Akintola, held at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, noted that the political evolution of the contemporary Nigeria began with the political activities and contributions of the likes of Akintola.
Ajimobi said, “Akintola died at God’s appointed time. It’s our fault that Akintola was not being celebrated the way we should. I want to first blame the family for monopolizing him; then the rest of us. That is why I would want us to start strategizing on how to compensate this nationalist.
“The contemporary political history and evolution of Nigeria begins with the outstanding contributions of many notable nationalists, politicians and statesmen, who were beacons of light in their generation. In the forefront, no doubt, was the Late Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola
“This late icon was an unsung hero, not only because of his unprecedented achievements as a politician, a parliamentarian, an astute administrator, but also because he was a bridge builder in Nigeria’s search for national integration.
“In the various ministries where he served and most importantly under his watch as the Premier, his administration became the centre of landmark achievements. Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola was an orator, humourist, forceful campaigner, crowd-puller and a frontline politician.
In his lecture, a professor of History from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Enoch Oyedele, traced the country’s social and economic malaise to the 1914 amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates.
According to him, the architect of the merger, Sir Lord Lugard, only succeeded in the administration of the new Nigeria, but failed woefully in uniting the merged people and their diverse interests.
The lecturer admonished the proponents of separatism to perish the thought and team up with compatriots to build the nation, instead of causing disturbances and violence in different parts of the country.
Oyedele said, “Whether they call themselves Biafra, Boko Haram or any other name, anybody clamouring for the balkanization of this country should forget the idea. Nigeria is a viable country if its resources are well harnessed and applied.
“Political party system is one of the greatest problems confronting this country today. Political parties are mere platforms being used to win elections. They are not movement of the people. We must restructure this country to redress the unjust political and socio-economic structure of Nigeria.
“Unless we upturn ‘the monkey dey work, baboon dey chop’ syndrome, we cannot solve the problem of Nigeria. We need to go back to most of the recommendations of the last National Conference. The centre is too strong today, collecting 53 per cent of allocation from Federation Account.”
Speaking against creation of more states, the don expressed optimism that the country could experience a new political order capable of solving the national question if some of the recommendations of the conference were adopted.


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