By; BAYO AKAMO Ibadan, Ibadan
The Ajia Balogun of Ibadanland and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Oloye Adegboyega Taofeek Adegoke on Thursday stressed that ational dialogue stands as way-out of challenges facing Nigeria
Oloye Adegoke who made this known in Ibadan during a chat with newsmen emphasized that there is the need for those agitating for seccession to have a rethink as there are more benefits if Nigeria remains as one.
The Ajia Balogun of Ibadanland disclosed that it is the outcome of the national dialogue that will determine the next line of action for the country to move forward in the areas of addressing agitations by groups and individuals calling for secession and restructuring of the country.
” Restructuring of the country is not the first thing to do but to first come to round-table in order to address various agitations, is a national dialogue where each of the groups will say its mind. The outcome of the national dialogue will determine the next line of action for the country to move forward”, he said
Oloye Adegoke added, “there is need for national dialogue where everybody will come together and say his or her mind. So, if we have the national dialogue, we can look at it wether our staying together is to our own benefits or not.”
” To me, you don’t just say restructuring, we need to have a national dialogue first. I know that we have one during the time of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, but, where is the report, the book is gathering dust. To me, I will tell you that there are a lot of benefits if we are together.”
Speaking further, Oloye Adegoke said, Nigeria ” is currently experiencing many problems because we are not operating true federal system of government the way it supposed to be”, and that ” the problem in Nigeria is that we are not actually implementing the federal system of government very well”.
“We are not following it. It is unitary system that we are operating. You say that we are running a federal system of government but, states are not in control of resources in thier states. States will be going to Abuja every month to collect allocation. That is the problem, because states will become lazy because they know that they will collect money in Abuja at the end of the month”.