National coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams has lent his voice to those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria.
Gani Adams who made this call over the weekend during the June 12 celebration said there is no need to remind Nigerian leaders that the time to restructure Nigeria is now.
“Those who want the system to remain they way it is are beneficiaries of the decadence. They want a system that is bogus and not accountable to the people, a system that is opaque and moribund,” he said.
Speaking further, he said it’s wrong to build strong individuals without building strong institutions.
“Let it be known that my position and the position of the over 5 million members of the OPC is that Nigeria must be restructured. It is better we do it now before it is too late, the bell is ticking,” Adams stated.
Adams rubbished the current system of government practiced in Nigeria adding that Nigeria emerged through a combination of imposition and conquest.
“Long before the emergence of the Nigerian state in 1914, the Yoruba ancient nation flourished. As far back as the 11th century, Ile Ife for instance had a population of about 70,000 people. There was the Habe Kings in Hausa land long before the 1804 Jihad.
“There was the Bornu Empire owned by the Kanuri. The Benin Kingdom was well established long before 1914.
“The Igbos had their own territories and Kingdom, The 1914 amalgamation only brought, albeit by force, the various ethnic groups together by force of arms, to satisfy British imperial interest.”
Gani Adams said it is wrong for the most profound institutions of government to be concentrated in the hands of only one man.
“Police, Army, Immigration, Customs, Federal Civil Service, Fire Service, even issues as minor as registration of companies and plate numbers of cars are tied to the almighty Federal Government.
“The economy is tied to the Federal Government. The education systems and the Universities are controlled by the Federal Government.
“The educational programmes are designed by the Federal Government. This has killed competition and liberal rivalry necessary for academic breakthroughs.
“It is shameful that the Federal Government even attempts to control the Primary Education, through SUBEB, listing funds from Abuja to villages in Ondo, Bornu and Sokoto States.