CONVENER of Oodua
Progressives Union and
leader of the Oodua Peoples
Congress, Gani Adams has
joined eminent Nigerians in
the call for the restructuring of
the country.
Adams, while lending his
voice to the call for restructuring,
also suggested the adoption of
“mutual understanding and
compromise” to make Nigeria’s
democracy workable.
He said this during the third
Europe Summit of Yoruba
Natives in diaspora, Odua
Progressive Union, OPU, which
held in Sweden.
In a communiqué issued
by its Europe coordinator Victor Adewale, OPU said
the immediate restructuring
of Nigeria will ensure
development and rescue the
country from imminent crash.
The group among other
decisions “supports the call for
restructuring and devolution
of power” and that “Nigeria be
structured via regional line.”
The communiqué read: “It is
an understatement that Nigeria
is a failed nation. There is
urgent need for all stakeholders
to come together and determine
the future. The numerous issues
confronting the nation and
agitations from various interests
should be promptly addressed.
“The position of European
Union of OPU is clear; we
throw our weight behind those
who clamour for regional
integration so that Nigeria will
be restructured using the six
geo political zones as a model.
Devolution of power to regions
should also be the song on our
lips now.”
Insisting that OPU had a role
to play in reshaping the country,
Adewale said the group was
“mindful of what is expected of
us despite the fact that we are
outside the country. For now
we don’t have voting rights,
but our voice, position and
recommendations can influence
what is happening at home.”
OPU also commended its sister
body, OPC for collaborating with
the Nigeria Police Force to flush
the dreaded Badoo cultist group
out of Ikorodu in Lagos state.
Speaking at the event, Adams
said “It is a thing of joy for
me to bear witness today, the
tremendous progress that OPU
as a body has witnessed globally
as it now operates effectively in
78 countries of the world”.
”But as we celebrate here, it
is unfortunate that we cannot
do same in country Nigeria
where things have seriously
retrogressed. However, all
hands must be on deck to save
the country.
“There is no gainsaying that
Nigeria has what it takes to be
a welfare state with her human
natural endowments. But she
must take a cue from Sweden
and adopt the main ingredients
of the Swedish polity where
mutual understanding and
compromise reign.
“It is my belief that if only
we had been able to factor
and accommodate these
two ingredients into our
governance, there wouldn’t
have been no basis for the ear
itching calls for the breakup of
Nigeria we are witnessing at
the moment.”


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