Gani Adams, Yoruba groups insist on restructuring, condemn Oba title abroad

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and Convener of Oodua Progressive
Union (OPU), Iba Gani Adams and some Yoruba groups have restated their
demand for restructuring of Nigeria.

This was outcome of the OPU Europe Summit held in Germany yesterday.

In attendance were leaders and members of organisations such as OPU,
Egbe Isokan Omo Yoruba and Egbe Isedale Ati Ilosiwaju Omo Yoruba.

In a communique released to the media, the coalition also warned that
the ethnic culture and tradition must never be desecrated on the
premise of modernisation.

The summit further condemned Yorubas who refers to themselves as an
Oba in Diaspora.

The communique read: "Any Yoruba can be leader of a Yoruba association
but it is against our culture to refer to himself as Oba. Our
traditional institution is sacred and we won't allow anybody tarnish
our image. We urge Yoruba Obas to condemn this in its entirety.

"On the urgent need to restructure Nigeria, the summit notes that
estructuring simply means reorganisation, not disintegration. Nigeria,
as a sovereign country blessed with human and natural resources should
be a first-class state in the comity of nations.

"Recent inventions globally have clearly shown that restructuring is
the only way out of the crisis in Nigeria. For years, patriotic
Nigerians have been agitating for restructuring but a few elements in
the society are against this for selfish reasons.

"Those calling for restructuring should not be seen as enemies of
state but as partners in progress. Whether now or later, restructuring
is a must if the country must move forward.

"APC is the ruling party in the country and it must fulfil one of its
promises – restructuring – which it made before it got into office in

"Many countries will change from petrol/diesel vehicles to electric
vehicles soon. The big question our leaders should answer is: when
this come off, what happens to our oil?

"When majority of countries in the western world have no need to buy
our oil, how will governors, who send their Finance Commissioners to
Abuja every month, pay salaries?

"Governance in Nigeria – security, monetary policy, resources,
education, infrastructure, etc – must be decentralised for Nigerians
to have a sense of belonging. The time for restructuring is now."

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