Nigeria needs negotiations, not restructuring – Akintoye
Prof Banji Akintoye the world Congress of Yoruba leader said Nigeria restructuring is invalid for resolving issues facing the Yoruba people in the Country likewise other oppressed ethnic nationalities in the country.
Akintoye who happens to be a professor of history said that it is better to agitate for renegotiation of Nigeria to suit everybody than agitating for restructuring of Nigeria.
Meanwhile Akintoye made his opinion known in an interview with pressmen.
He said, during the negotiations, various ethnic nationalities will be present to agree on their relationship with Nigeria as a country.
However, Akintoye continued by saying that restructuring wouldn’t stop the invasion of various ethnic groups and massive destruction of lives and properties that has been in existence in Nigeria since.
In his word “I respect people who are asking for restructuring but I belong to the large number of Yoruba people who have come to the conclusion that restructuring is no longer capable of solving the problems of Nigerian people.
“I was one of the people fighting for restructuring before now and I have written more than 50 articles on restructuring but in the light of what has been happening in Nigeria, especially since 2015, it is obvious to me that restructuring is no longer capable of solving the problems.
“For instance, I ask people, “Are you saying mere restructuring will stop the invasion of our land by the Fulani? Are you saying the people who are threatening to conquer our land, exterminate us and bring their tribal men from countries in West Africa will stop by just restructuring?
“Are you saying restructuring will be the solution to the people who are bringing foreign terrorist organisations to conquer every tribe in Nigeria? Those who are asking for restructuring are free to go on.
“But restructuring is no longer the appropriate thing to be fighting for now if a particular ethnic group is bringing foreign terrorist organisations to kill you and take over your land.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News