The spate of killings across the country is a strong signal for the government to embrace the call for restructuring, according to National Coordinator of a pan Yoruba cultural group, the Oodua Progressive Care Initiative (OPCI), Dr. Maruff Olarewaju.
Olarewaju, who made this known at the formal launch of the organisation in Kwara state, said any step taken to remedy the situation in the absence of a concrete restructuring will amount to nothing.
He lamented that Nigeria today is being ruled by incompetent people who prefer to sit tight in office even when there are weighty allegations against them.
He said, “the killings of innocent souls will continue in Nigeria until those in authority listen to our call, and our call is for restructuring, it is overdue.
Anything apart from restructuring is zero. Earlier we had Bokko Haram and what were they saying that they want to Islamise their area. If that is the case instead of wasting innocent souls let’s sit down at the table and discuss the way out.
“Just of recent, we heard of IPOB, they also said they want to pull out. If that is the case let’s sit down and discuss the way forward. The forceful marriage of 1914 is overdue; we can’t continue to live together by force.
If we sit down round the table and get restructured, ever state will be able to develop at its own pace, have its own police, monitor its citizens and control its recourse”.
The OPCI, leader also condemned the recent call by National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole asking former President Olusegun Obasanjo to account for some projects undertaken during his regime.
Olarewaju argued that such a call was not only condemnable but also beyond Oshiomhole to make.
His words: “It’s an insult of the highest order. I also read it. I don’t want to delve into how he became chairman but he is too young to utter such statement. In Yoruba we have respect for age and even if OBJ has questions to answer over his administration, it should come from the EFCC or ICPC, not Oshiomhole”.
He clarified that the OPCI, is clearly different from the OOdua Peoples Congress (OPC), which he said was banned during the Obasanjo administration, alleging that since then the ban had not been lifted while the OPIC has been thereafter legally registered with the government.
He explained that the OPCI which has now spread to 17 states of the federation has so far sponsored some 100 youths to schools in Benin Republic as well as trained several of its members in entrepreneurship in order to correct the wrong impression in the society that people in the organisation are mostly social miscreants.