By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Philippines, Dr. Yemi Farounbi on Tuesday said that Nigerians are yearning for restructuring because the country’s foundation is shaking.
Ambassador Farounbi stated this in Ibadan while delivering a lecture titled “Christians in the nation building,” at a programme tagged Christians in nation building organised by the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ibadan North Local Government Chapter, held at Salem Baptist Church Yemetu.
He emphasized that the push for restructuring agenda by some Nigerians was as a result of the fact that the foundation of the country is shaking and cannot drive or sustain a befitting development agenda expected to take the country to promised land.
“Our people are yearning for restructuring just because our foundation is shaking. It reminds us of the good works of our great leaders, such late Dr Nnamdi Azikwe, Chied Obafemi Awolowo. They put in their best for the people of their regions, offered us good, free, qualitative education and health services including unrivalled physical developmental growth, amongst other basic amenities.” he said
According to Ambassador Farounbi, it was unfortunate that Nigerians have continually make reference to their past which has always been known as the best era in the developmental history of the country.
“A country that looks backward for his greatness, is not an ideal country. If you are in a country and each time you remember the past you’re always pleased and even okay with the memories, then that means a lot of people are suffering, and that means the country is in a financial mess”.
Ambassador Farounbi stressed that “during that era, Awolowo and Azikwe developed their zones at the level of competition and this actually helped our society a lot, in terms of structural development and even man power development. The then structure of governance gave room for development and a better society was the result we got then”
“What we have now is over burden system that is not competitive which is affecting the entire masses a lot. If we want to do restructuring, let us do the one that will be a reasonable one, because some were saying we should create more states, but there are some states that cannot pay their workers salaries as at when due,” Farounbi stated.
Speaking further, on Christains and politics, he maintained that there is the need for the Christan to be free to join any political parties of their choice and must be ready to make impact with difference, saying, “the Christains should choose any political parties of their choice, and they should be part of the process but shun any ungodly acts or behavior that most politicians were known for.”
He pointed out that “it’s only if you join politics that you will be able to select a good leader and that good and God fearing leader will surely rules with the fear of God.”
Chairman of the group, Mr Wale Adewumi in his remarks charged Christians and other citizens to join hands to make Nigeria work again, adding, “the third force that will transform Nigerian is not going to be political. They have to come together as stakeholders and Members. Church should come together to salvage Nigeria. It is a vital constituency that can form a third force and rescue Nigeria from it’s current mess.”