organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday differed with the Governor of Sokoto
State, Aminu Tambuwal, describing his position against restructuring as
While insisting that Nigeria should
be restructured from its present political arrangement, the Yoruba apex group
reminded the governor of the man “who sits on the back of another man and
argues that he would do all within his powers to make the man comfortable for
so long as getting off his back is not part of it.”
Afenifere, in a statement by its
National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, on Thursday, recalled a passage
from Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s book, Thoughts on Nigerian Constitution (1967),
that any attempt to run Nigeria along unitary lines would attract conflicts,
disharmony and complications of governance, except super humans were sourced to
run its affairs.
According to him, the latest
intervention of Tambuwal on Nigeria’s political and economic problems and the
way forward is perfidious and wrong.
He said, “While we acknowledge
that the Sokoto State governor’s call
for increase in revenue allocation to the federating units as being consistent
with the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference, we are quick to add
that his submission that we do not need to restructure Nigeria beyond that is
totally parochial and we reject it outright.
“We insist that the present
structure of Nigeria is iniquitous, skewed, unfair, unjust and not conducive to
justice, harmony, development and happiness of the constituent units of the
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Governor,
Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has restated his belief in the restructuring of the
country, saying his view on the restructuring of the country was misrepresented
in a media report on Thursday.
In a statement on Thursday by the
state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, in Akure on
Thursday, Mimiko restated his belief in the restructuring of the country and
the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report as a genuine pathway
to progress in the country.