Gani Adams makes damming verdict on Nigeria unity
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, has said the future of Nigeria looks bleak and troubling, stressing that the sovereignty of the country is under threat.
The Yoruba Generalissimo, who noted that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, said the country is headed for the rock if it refuses to restructure.
Adam said this at the 2022 leadership retreat of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, in Osogbo, Osun State.
He averred that Nigeria must be restructured to address the deepening security crisis that plagues it and also to fit its multi-lingual and ethnic nature.
He added that time is right for the political class to reintroduce the 1960 and 1963 constitutions if it wants to pilot the country on the path of progress and development.
Generalissimo of Yorubaland said: “One of the reasons we are having insecurity challenge is because we have refused to use a structure that fits our population, our strength as a nation and our diversity. We are talking about 254 ethnic nationalities and about 70 languages. In a country like that, you can’t run just federal police and think the country will be properly policed.
“In my opinion, we should go back to the basic, the 1960 constitution that we used to get independence, which we agree together to use to build the country. We can also look at the 1963 constitution, which provides for three layers of Police. Look at Amotekun, for instance, it cannot wield sophisticated weapons, while the criminal they are combating wields so many of such weapons.
“If the Federal Government cares about the security of lives and property of its citizens, we must restructure the security architecture to reflect multi-layer policing. The lawmakers that jettisoned the issue of state police during the constitutional review are now running from the federal capital that housed the seat of the parliament due to fear of their security.
“If Nigeria does not act fast to restructure the country back to regionalism, it may break in two years, because the way it is going, it is becoming unbearable for the people. Traditional rulers are kidnapped and killed across the country, then ordinary residents are no longer safe. “