The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has revealed that the Nigerian ruling class is against the restructuring of the country.
He said this on Wednesday in Lagos during the public presentation of the book, “Roundtable Discussion on Economy and Restructuring in Nigeria,” published by the Ilorin-based National Pilot Newspaper.
Adams noted that the reason the ruling class is opposed to restructuring is that the agitation to restructure the country has metamorphosed into self-determination.
He said, “We have graduated from restructuring to self-determination and one of the reasons for this is that the main political bloc in Nigeria is not ready for restructuring.
“We have different types of restructuring, and if Nigeria is to be restructured, we have to go back to the 1960 to 1963 constitutions and learn from how we started as a country.
“We need to embrace regionalism that gives each region the chance to develop at their own pace.”
Adams added that the consensus of opinions among the Yoruba people both at home and in the Diaspora was for the region to go for self-determination, adding that self-determination did not imply going to war.
“If we go for regionalism on the basis of confederacy, it is okay. If we have a situation where the regions are allowed 70 to 80 percent autonomy to do certain things, that is okay. For the Yoruba nation, the minimum demand is regionalism with autonomy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has described Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as a quiet but deadly man.
Reacting to a video where some thugs were threatening to kill him at the just concluded PDP’s Southwest zonal congress in Osogbo, Osun State, the former governor said the people in the video were waiting for him to attend the congress and that they would kill him.
Speaking in an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Fayose identified the spokesman of the thugs to be a transport union chairman from Oyo State.