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60th Independence Anniversary

60th Independence Anniversary

…As Diaspora Group Hold Rallies For Oodua Republic

A Diaspora group, Yoruba One Voice, YOV, said   rallies held last Thursday across the six continents of the world were significant to the destiny of Yoruba race.

Speaking  after the rally in South Africa, Secretary-General of the group, Dr.Sina Okanlomo, commended all members of the group for their commitment to the ideals of the group.

He said the success recorded at the rallies held across the 176 countries of the world was a big testimony that the group was determined to seek independence of the Oodua Republic, without infringing on the rights of the people of Nigerians.

Okanlomo said: “It is in the interest of the Yoruba nation to exit the current political format and build, in its place, a Yoruba nation that would live peacefully with the neighbours in accordance with international laws.

 “As a group of Yoruba in the Diaspora, We are entitled to our rights. There is an urgent need for a referendum as a genuine reason for us to know the basis for our existence. We have resolved to set the ball rolling. We have stated the reason for seeking the complete independence of the O’odua Republic. The rallies came as best alternative because Yoruba in the Diaspora strongly owes our allegiance to the Oodua Republic.”

Okanlomo, however, expressed appreciation to IPOB members that joined the rallies from their base for their solidarity and display of maturity during the rallies.

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Nigerian Elders, Leaders Seek New Constitution

About 120 Nigerian elders and leaders of thought advocate for new constitution to put nation on path of unity, progress and prosperity. 

The elders and leaders spoke at a virtual summit, organised by the Nigeria Political Summit   and moderated by Prof. Pat Utomi.

In his opening remarks, a northern elder, Dr Ahmed Joda, noted that the fabric of Nigeria could be repaired and reconstructed through a sincere rejig of the nation’s constitution to reflect the will of the people. .

A Yoruba elder, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, noted that all was not well with the country, saying that the foundation of the nation’s problem was in her constitution.

Adebanjo said that Nigeria had jettisoned the constitution that brought about her existence and adopted a military constitution that favoured a section of Nigeria. 

Another leader, Victor Attah, added that the problem facing the nation was beyond the National Assembly and the President.

Contributing, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, a Northern leader, noted that Nigerians once had a great country at the beginning, and called for a consensus by the elites to move forward.

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Ghali Na’aba said: “Bringing ourselves together is the way forward.  Na’aba, who noted that all sections of the country were living in fear due to insecurity and poverty, called for restructuring and tolerance.

Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, another Northern elder, said that there was the need for wider consultations among Nigerians to provide opportunity and better understanding.

Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu said that there had been loads of reports and recommendations to put the nation on the path of unity and development which had been abandoned by the political leaders.

Mrs Iyom Anenih added that secession would not be of maximum benefit to any group in Nigeria and called for restructuring and true federalism to realign and rebuild the country.

Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa said that Nigerians were being hurt deeply and needed a healing, through implementation of various recommendations for devolution of powers.

Dr Bello Falalu, another leader of thought, said that genuine federalism remained the only way to bring justice, equity and peace in the country.

Dr Kunle Olajide, another leader, said that a bill for the establishment of a Constitutional Conference Commission for a new constitution should be sent to the National Assembly.

Cardinal John Onaiyekan said that the situation in the country required an emergency, adding that “obviously a new constitution is necessary.”

Dr Uche Azikwe, Hajiya Zainab Maina, Dr Kema Chikwe, Prof. Mojubaolu Kome, Chief Michael Ajegbo, Kalu Idika Kalu, Obadiah Mallafia and a host of other speakers took turns to emphasise the need for inclusiveness and new constitution.

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In Oyo, Makinde Leads On ‘democracy Walk’

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, led top government functionaries and other members of the public in a ‘Democracy Walk’ in Ibadan.

The 1.8kilometre walk, took off from the Government House Arcade, Agodi, terminated at the Total Garden roundabout in the ancient city.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the walk, Makinde, who said that 60 years was very significant in the existence of a nation, added that the celebration of the diamond jubilee would have been held at a stadium but for the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that a lot of Nigerians might not see anything good about the nation’s 60th independence anniversary, stating, however, that not everything was wrong with the country.

“Nigeria is surely doing certain things right. We should focus on those things we have gotten right and try to build on it.We should also not forget to make amends, where possible, on those areas we are falling short,” the governor said.

He congratulated Nigerians, especially the people of the state, on witnessing the country’s diamond jubilee.

The walk attracted hundreds of Ibadan residents who joined the governor and other government functionaries.

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Wike Canvasses More Power Devolution, National Unity

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says Nigeria’s development will remain stunted without strong institutions that will promote devolution of power.

Governor Wike  who made the assertion at an event to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day celebration at Government House, Port Harcourt, said it was time for Nigerians to confront core political and economic issues that hamper sustained growth.

According to Governor Wike   to put Nigeria on the path of progressive growth, requires that rule of law,  fraud-proof electoral system, effective neutral law enforcement agencies and  the independence of the judiciary should be in place.

He said, “We may gloat in the limited progress that we have made since independence. It is true that we have achieved relative expansion in access to education, healthcare and the socio-economic infrastructure. But if we fail to give considerations to the serious challenges preventing us, we cannot build a free, fair and just nation that will command the total loyalty of all nationalities”.

“Let us therefore, resolve to take the right step to institutionalise the necessary constitutional and political systems that will enable us to build a free, sovereign democratic and functional nation”, he stated.

Governor Wike noted that at independence, there was an effective democracy, regional autonomy and fiscal federalism, adding that these principles guided the political,  social and economic relations between the central government and the regional constitutional regions until they were frustrated.

The governor emphasized that, Nigeria’s founding fathers envisioned to build our nation with due regards to our diversities and with visionary enthusiasm, noting that they provided basic building blocks for sustaining a united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria with a functional constitution document.

“No one part or region was deliberately denied against what was due to it. No ethnic nationality was politically and economically favoured unduly above all others by the central government. Under this arrangement, Nigeria thrived on a peaceful and progressive path. Unfortunately, the fundamental principles of negotiated constitutional regional autonomy and federal government were blatantly jettisoned,” he said.

Governor Wike restated that Rivers state would continue to promote the unity of the country and ensure peaceful coexistence of all residents.

According to him, efforts will be sustained in improving the standard of living, expand healthcare delivery and pursue accelerated economic growth.

The Governor also commended the military for their efforts in curbing banditry, and all forms of insurgency to defend the sovereignty of the country.

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