Adebanjo, Utomi, Olanipekun hinge Nigeria’s survival on restructuring

Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Elder statesman and one of the leaders in South-West, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has said if the country refuses to be restructured, we may not get anywhere.He said there was need to understand what restructuring connotes for the general well-being of everyone and that it is upon this lies the survival of the country.

He also described the rift between the legislators and executives as unfortunate, saying that some of the problems in the country could only be resolved through restructuring.

Adebanjo stated this at the 37th Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) and Leader Without Title (LWT) leadership tribute colloquium in honour of Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Chief Richard Akinjide.

He also said that what we are currently experimenting is not democracy because it was a stage-managed democracy by past military rulers to cover up their misdeeds while in government.

Also speaking on the need to restructure the country, Prof. Pat Utomi hinged Nigeria’s present situation and reason why we are where we are today on leadership problem. Utomi, who also lamented the political and economic structure of the country, said: “We as a people forget a lot. We don’t even teach History in our schools any more and that is why we forget a lot,” he said.

In another development, a foremost legal luminary, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has said that for Nigeria to solve myriad of challenges facing it and deepens democracy, efforts must be geared towards building institutions that are independent, impartial properly structured, funded and manned by people that enjoy the confidence of the people.

Besides, he said the country must be restructured towards true fiscal federation to allow each state within the federation to develop at its own pace.Olanipekun stated this yesterday while delivering the 22nd convocation lecture of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti.

He said: “What any society needs to survive are not strong characters, persons or rulers but strong and enduring institutions that are independent and managed by people who enjoy the confidence of the people.”

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