Ondo state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has again emphasised the need for the country to be restructured. He said that without total restructuring of the Nigerian nation, it would be absolutely impossible for the country to move forward to greatness.
The governor made the disclosure on Tuesday in Akure the Ondo state capital, during the Yoruba nation second summit with the theme ‘Economic downtown and unemployment in Yorubaland, held at the Dome International event centre, Akure.
The summit which lasted for six hours had, the Afenifere, the Yoruba Council of Elders, the Yoruba Unity Forum, the Agbekoya, the Oodua PeoplesCongress (OPC), and the Oodua Foundation in attendance.
Other notable Yoruba leaders who attended the event were Pa Reuben Fasoranti the leader of Afenifere, Chiefs Ayo Adebanjo, Olu Falae, Seinde Arogbofa, Dr Yemi Farounbi who was the guest lecturer, Raji Rasaki, Deinde Arowogbofa, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi.
Also in attendance were the Ondo State Deputy Governor Alhaji Azeez Oluboyo, Chief Olaniun Ajayi, Dr Kunle Olajide,Yinka Odumakin, Mrs Bola Doherty who represented Gen Adeyinka Adebayo at the summit and Otunba Gani Adams
According to the governor, recent events in country have shown that those centrifugal forces that had continually threaten the country’s national unity and cohesion are not fatigued.
His words, “Multiculturalism, which the rest of the world has turned to strength, remains a major challenge to Nigeria. Diversity has become a bitter pill, which the country is constantly forced to swallow when the rest of the world has used same as a launch pad into greatness. Today, almost everything keeps separating us. Language has divided us, religion has torn us apart and culture has alienated us. Yet, these could be sources of strength and cohesion. Unfortunately, we may remain in this miasma for as long as we deny the need for us to redesign the federation such that we would be able to create multiple centres of development in the true spirit of competitive federalism.
“A great piece of document remains on the table if the present Federal Government will find the courage to implement it. I have in mind here the Report of the 2014 National Conference.’’
Mimiko recalled that at that National Confab organised by the previous administration, Nigerians had an uncommon opportunity to discuss their collective future. The 492 delegates, through consensus, passed over 600 Resolutions. The Resolutions touched most, if not all, the critical issues that had served as impediments to Nigeria’s rapid development and the attainment of nationhood. The overreaching recommendation was the need for political restructuring.
This according to him, the conference is to retain a federal system of government with states as the federating units, with all the powers and resources thereto. It would allow states that wish to merge do so in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), a possibility that is no longer too far-fetched given the financial crises in which most states of the Federation have now found themselves. He was of the opinion that, the restructuring would also accommodate the establishment of state police to enhance national security. In the economic domain, exploitation of solid minerals would be taken from the Exclusive Legislative List, such that states would be able to harness the solid minerals in their jurisdictions, thus creating employment, generating more revenue and developing at their own pace.
Governor Mimiko emphasised that, It is evident that implementation of the 2014 Confab Report has the potentials to liberate every part of Nigeria and ultimately, open up the political space. “It is only such a courageous move that would extirpate centrifugal forces burgeoning and threatening to tear Africa’s largest nation apart. The latest is the resurgence of the demand for an independent Biafra.”
He called on the Federal Government to exercise utmost restraint in managing this renewed agitation, which the implementation of the Confab Report would have made otiose. “The 2014 National Conference Report must, therefore, not be allowed to be confined to the dustbin of history, as it possesses inherent capacities to replace the centrifugal forces threatening the existence of Nigeria with centripetal forces that could build a nation.”
Dr Mimiko implored the Yoruba organisations to keep the demand for re-structuring and indeed, the implementation of the 2014 National Conference in the front burner of national discourse.

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