Nobody Can Stop Restructuring In South – Akintola

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By KUNLE OLASANMI,  Abuja –

Legal luminary, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, (SAN)  has carpeted former Special Adviser on national assembly matters, Tanko Yakassai  over  the latter negative remarks on the resolutions of Yoruba leaders    summit on restructuring of the country.

At the summit held last Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, the south-west leaders demanded for a return to regional government as     practiced in the first republic which they noted guaranteed self-autonomy for the federating regions.

In attendance at the event were eminent leaders of south-south and   south-east geo-political zones.  The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose was present while governors of Oyo, Osun, Lagos and Ogun states were represented by their commissioners.

But Yakassai in a report published by a national daily, dismissed the gathering as assembly of  Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere  sympathizers  while he further claimed that  the communiqué read at  the summit was prepared handy before the event.

He said, “Nigerian constitution guarantees every citizen the right to own opinion and express such opinion without let or hindrance as long as it is done within the confine of the laws of the country.

“Those who attended the meeting itself had no prior knowledge of the agenda or resolution adopted at the meeting before hand. In fact, even the communique read was drafted and brought to the meeting ready     made. Nobody proposed setting up the communique committee or nominated any member of the communique committee. All were brought ready made ton     the meeting. It was a manipulated meeting to do the bidding of the     clique that convened it.

“As far as I am concerned,  both the meeting and the adopted documents though lawful are illegitimate.’’

Chief Akintola who moved the motion for the adoption of resolutions   at the meeting however faulted the claim of Yakassai.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen, the Oyo state governorship hopeful declared  genuine leaders of people of  southern Nigerian were committed to restructuring of the country,  which he further noted could  not be undermined  by anybody.

“As Yoruba, I was brought up and trained     to show respect to elders and listen to their words of wisdom. So I   will refrain from trading insults with the elder statesman (Tanko)      Yakasai. I was present at the Yoruba Summit of last Thursday.  In fact

I moved the motion for the adoptions of our resolutions, declaration and communique. All the Governors were present or represented. In     fact,  the presentations of Governor Aregbesola of Osun state which were in writing and that of Governor Fayose of Ekiti were far more     radical than what we finally arrived at.

“The younger elements and the more radical Yoruba Liberation movement     actually wanted outright Oduduwa Republic and called for collaboration     between the Yoruba and their Niger Delta counterparts. But in line      with the traditions of the Yoruba, we the moderates and the elder   were able to rein in the militant youths to see the wisdom in the     position of the elders, the Professional groups, the Clergy , the     Academia, the traditional institutions led by the Ooni and Alaafin      ably represented by the Basorun of Oyo the traditional Prime Minister.

The Yoruba council of Elders,  Afenifere, The Afenifere Renewal Group      to which I belong, the Vice-President  was represented by the Political Adviser to the President, Femi Ojudu, people of diverse  political divides who ordinarily would not sit together.

  • Truth make a Nation

    Those who can not join the train of restructuring will be left behind and those who stand in the way of moving train of restructuring will be fatally crushed.
    This is 21st century movement, going round the endless circle of visionless and un-development, as a country must end.
    It is a fool that does thing same way all over again and expect different result.
    Let all our leaders, politicians, elected and appointed key in to the yearning of South West people.