Following the state of insecurity in some parts of Nigeria, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, said restructuring remains the antidote to secession tendencies of some regions or ethnicities.
The monarch made this known at the presentation of a book ‘Awo’ at the University of Ibadan on Thursday, to unveil the autobiography of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (in the Yoruba language).
Oba Adeyemi Expressed worry at the invasion of Yoruba land by kidnappers, terrorists, he urged state governors to uplift traditional rulers to be considered as critical stakeholders in the security of their domains.
“At the national level today, we have unprecedented state of insecurity culminated by kidnapping, Fulani herdsmen harassment and all sorts of criminality that have enveloped Yoruba land today. What is more worrisome is that most of these Fulani people are alleged to be non-Nigerian but migrants from some West African countries.
“As far as I am concerned, there is no solution to the current national challenge than the restructuring of our federal system to the glorious old days with some modifications where necessary.
“As of now, the centre is too powerful beyond any mortal capacity to supervise and superintend the whole national security.
“Unfortunately, some people at the moment see restructuring as synonymous with secession. But the truth is that rather than seeing it as synonymous with secession, it is in the actual sense an antidote to secession. The present system is too unilateral for comfort.
“Suffice to say that a return to the old system with some modifications will return to the glorious days when each federating units developed its local skills to benefit the grassroots. At my own level, I have been persistent and consistent in my advocacy for true federalism. My doggedness in that resolve has been misunderstood in some quarters,” Oba Adeyemi said.