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Nigeria must reform right away, according to Yoruba elders

May 20, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Concerned about the socio-economic and political challenges facing Nigeria, the Council of Yoruba Elders (CYE) has called on the Federal Government to restructure the country to foster overall development.

The council declared that the current challenges are bringing the country to a standstill, with nothing functioning effectively. This statement was made in a press release titled “The Practical Beginning of the Journey to the Restructuring of Nigeria,” signed by Secretary-General Dr. Victor Taiwo over the weekend.

The council observed that “Nigeria’s general structures have collapsed like a pack of cards. The country is fast being driven to a cul-de-sac, a grand halt. Today nothing is practically working in Nigeria.”

“The citizens are currently battling with the acute menace of starvation, hyper-inflation, naira currency floating, unemployment, collapse of industries, education coma, health jaundice, electricity flight, kidnapping, ritual killings, armed robbery, insecurity, and general poverty in the land. And come to think of it, there seems to be no hope in the horizon.”

It also pointed out that the “crooked, knock-kneed structure of this country was built on a foundation made of quicksand,” adding that most leaders and politicians in the country are “strange bedfellows of sharply incompatible traits whose cohesion can never be moulded right by all the wisdom and forces in the world. It is just too peculiar.”

The council criticized President Bola Tinubu for removing the petrol subsidy, despite previously assembling economic experts who warned that such a move would impoverish citizens and lead to a significant increase in the cost of living, as is being experienced today.

To address the growing challenges, the CYE urged the country to undertake two types of restructuring: national restructuring and internal restructuring.

For national restructuring, the council suggested bringing together representatives from the six geo-political zones to organize an independent national conference, revisiting the 2014 CONFAB report to determine if it can support the country’s continued unity, or else conduct another feasibility study.

For internal restructuring, the council emphasized that the Yoruba should follow the RBR (Restructuring Before Restructuring) Agenda. They also called for redefining the Western or Yoruba region to include Kwara, Kogi, Edo, and Delta States, arguing that the “first and foremost exercise of the restructuring agenda, be it national or internal, is to do the proper re-delineation of the geography of Yorubaland.”

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