By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has said Nigeria now need to be restructured if the country should move forward.
Governor Mimiko stated this in Ibadan while speaking at the Fajuyi’s Golden Remembrance of Late first Military Governor of old Western region, Late Lt.Col. Adekule Fajuyi organised by the Yoruba Think Thank held at the University of Ibadan International Conference Centre.
He stressed that with the present economic situation in the country, there was no doubt in the fact that the time has come for the restructuring of Nigeria to give room for the much needed economic development in the country.
The governor pointed out that the present situation whereby state governors rushed down to Abuja for monthly allocation to share what ought to be owned and shared by individual state with a portion remitted to the Federal government can no longer augur well for Nigeria economy.
Governor Mimiko however charged the Yoruba nation to desist from always playing the role of an antagonist but sit down and develop its own type of change in the much clamoured restructuring.
While emphasizing the critical roles being played by the Yorubas in the various struggles in Nigeria, Governor Mimiko added “is Yoruba nation ready for the restructuring”.
In his remark, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Church declared that the Late Lt.Col Fajuyi died for the unity of Nigeria by refusing to surrender General Ironsi who payid him a visit to the enemy who planned a coup.
Pastor Bakare pointed out that the Late Lt.Col Fajuyi with his action has demonstrated to Nigerians that to be a leader was not to be an Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba but to be a person who would rather die than to betray the trust reposed on him or her.
Maintaining that Late Lt.Col Fajuyi paid the supreme prize that the country was now enjoying today, Pastor Bakare declared that his sacrifice should not be forgotten and
should be celebrated as a national hero.
The guest lecturer, Prof. Niyi Osundare described Late Lt. Col Fajuyi as an exemplary leader whose history must be told from generation to generation, adding that if not for his voluntarily decision to die with his boss, the country would have been experiencing serious regional dispute.