OBA of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, said
returning the country to true federalism will
enable federating units grow at their pace and
place the country on the path of peace and
He said contrary to insinuations in some
quarters that true federalism and devolution of
powers would break-up the country, he averred
that they would rather reduce the tension in the
land, give a sense of belonging to all federating
units and stabilise the country.
A press statement signed by the governor’s
Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo,
noted that the Oba dropped the hint when
the Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake
Dickson, paid him a courtesy call in his palace
on Lagos, yesterday.
The monarch congratulated the governor for
the giant developmental strides in Bayelsa State.
While praying God to continue to strengthen
him, he said he fully supports Governor
Dickson’s call for true federalism and devolution
of power.
“I have always supported the call for true
federalism. The federal government as a
father figure should allow the states to have a
significant feel of what they produce; that way
Nigeria will be stable and peaceful. Nigeria shall
not break up and no reasonable person wants this
country to break up because it is better we remain
together as one country than to split. But for all
sections of the country to be happy, we all should
have a major say in what we produce in our
communities. Anything coming from a particular
state, majority of the benefits should go to that
same state,” he declared.
He called on the political leadership at all levels
to do what is right for the unity of the country.
The governor thanked the Oba for his kind
words, his fatherly support to successive
administrations in Lagos State and above all, for
making Lagos home for all, irrespective of tribe,
religion and creed.
Governor Dickson also called on royal fathers
across the country to support the call for true
federalism and devolution of power to the
federating units, adding that it is by so doing
that the unity of the country can stand the test
of time.

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