By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The General Secretary of Afenifere Renewal Group, Chief Ayo Afolabi has declared that restructuring of Nigeria is the only way forward for the country
Featuring on an Impact FM Radio, Ibadan Yoruba personality interview programme, “Apere” on Wednesday, Chief Afolabi said the time has come for Nigerians particularly the stakeholders to sit together and deliberate extensively on the way forward for Nigeria.
The Afenifere Renewal Group General Secretary maintained that with the unfolding events in the country, it is glaring that there is the urgent need for the restructuring of Nigeria which now stand as the only way for a lasting solution to the various challenges now confronting Nigeria
Chief Afolabi stated that the restructuring should from the present constitution being implemented in the country, which he said may never be carried out through the present elected lawmakers in the country as it will take at least 2/3 majority in all the States House of Assemblies.
According to the Afenifere Renewal Group General Secretary, there is no doubt in the fact that with the restructuring of Nigeria, all the imbalances in the nation’s system and sectors would be tackled and addressed once and for all with the necessary solution profer to such areas.
For example, Chief Afolabi emphasized the need to clearly spell out the expected roles for each of the tiers of governments, i.e, the Local, States and Federal governments to avoid a situation whereby too much powers will be for only the Federal government at the expense of the other two tiers of governments.
He frowned at the existing arrangement having only the Federal government dominates all the duties and responsibilities including those that ought to be performed by the states and local governments in the country.
Commenting on the stoppage of food items by some elements in the North from coming to the Southern part of the country, Chief Afolabi said such not be taken as a serious issue but should ginger the South West people into going back to farm and be producing enough food for their people as witnessed in the Western region in the 1960s .
He stressed that the South West in particular is blessed with more than enough arable farmland and the necessary man power to attain self sufficiency.