Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and the national coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Iba Gani Adams, has charged the federal government to restructure Nigeria now before it is too late. According to him, if the federal government refuses to restructure the country in the next few months, the association would have no other option than to get involved in politics.
Speaking during the celebration of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) 25th anniversary in Lagos, the Adams said the way Nigeria is structured would leave it in nothing else but disaster. Chief Adams said that the congress has demanded a total restructuring of the country, but till date, it has not been achieved.
His words: “It is sad that up till the present moment, we have not seen any tangible evidence or sign that we are moving in that direction, with all of us knowing that the way the country is presently structured can only bring nothing but disaster. “For those who have followed this agitation on restructuring is for the government to implement the recommendations of the national conference convoked by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. “It is in this light that I say that if in the next few months there is no tangible evidence that the country will be restructured, then OPC will become partisan. “The details we are still keeping to our chest. But with a membership of over six million, even if it is members of the legislature at the states and federal levels that we are able to produce, we will be in a position to influence what happens in the government at all levels. Time for “siddon look” is over.”
He said the OPC has grown from the previous outlook of largely illiterate members who were hitherto regarded as back benchers. He revealed that about 30 per cent of members of the National Coordinating Council (NCC) were graduates, while over 96 per cent of Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) members are graduates. The guest speaker at the event, Prof. Gabriel Tunde Babawale, said the congress has transformed from militancy to nationalism and cultural diplomacy within and outside Nigeria. He charged the OPC to always respect the human rights of other people. He also called for the need for the country to promote social justice and respect for all ethnic groups across Nigeria.