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Nigeria Needs New Constitution – Yoruba Group

The need to restructure the current federal system of government in Nigeria through the creation of new constitution formed the basis of a day seminar organized by Yoruba leadership and Peace Initiative.
The event held at the Aganga hall of the International conference centre, University of Ibadan attracted discussants who are for pro regionalism, federalism, and good governance.
In his presentation, the Director of Research and Strategies, Afenifere Organization, Dr Akin Fapohunda, said the people should be considered when restructuring.
Dr Fapounda pointed out that restructuring could be realized through referendum and creation of a new constitution.


He noted that peace could not be achieved when imbalance existed in access to political power and economic resources.
While speaking on the Inevitability of Devolution: Devolve or Die, the Executive Director, Enough is Enough, Ms Yemi Adamolekun explained that many Nigerians were voiceless, invisible and powerless.
Ms Adamolekun explained that the time was now for the Yoruba region to act in view of 53 percent rate of youth unemployment and 41percent youth involvement in drug abuse and insecurity.
A Doctor of Intellectual History, Dr Usman Bugaje and a Senator who is also former deputy governor of Ogun state, Adegbenga Kaka attributed the current crises in the country to bad leadership.
They advocated justice and restructuring as the options for Nigeria to move forward.
President, the Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative, Mr Olusegun Ahmad said Nigeria had huge resources , adding that the country must pursue the strategy that would drive development in the Yoruba region.
Leader, Afenifere Pan Yoruba socio cultural group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo who took audience down the memory lane of various pre and post independence constitutional conferences that underscored true federalism in Nigeria said it was time to act rather talking.

Rotimi Famakin

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