By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Yoruba Council of Elders (Igbimo Agba Yoruba) yesterday lent its voice to the lingering face-off between President Umaru Yarâ€™ Adua and Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State over the creation of 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), saying the decision was ill-advised.
Similarly, a chieftain of the Action Congress (AC), Otunba Yomi Ogunnusi, has warned President Yarâ€™Adua against taking decisions and actions capable of sliding the nation into chaos.
Addressing newsmen at his Ikeja GRA residence, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd) who is also the President of YCE, expressed deep concern of the group over the matter even as they declared their support for Governor Fashola.
His words: â€œYoruba Council of Elders (YCE) wishes to state that as the father of the nation, President Yarâ€™Adua should have first called Governor Babatunde Fashola for discussions on the issue before the public announcement. It is a known fact that the problem started with the former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
â€œYCE believes, like every other patriotic Nigerian who actually believes in the development of this nation, that Lagos State is the fastest developing state in Nigeria today nay Africa and the Federal Government should be seen to be giving maximum support and encouragement to the state nationally and also internationally in order to encourage all other states in the country,â€ he said. ,
YCE, therefore, implored the President not to stir the hornet nest in Lagos State, thereby creating another problem in a peaceful state in Nigeria today, adding that any problem in Lagos State would certainly affect every Nigerian.
Also, Ogunnusi who was the Chairman at the annual lecture organised by Catholic Young Men Association in Lagos, condemned the recent ultimatum, noting that the presidentâ€™s latest stand to employ dialogue to resolve the issues was an after thought.
He said: â€œWhy would a government that lay claims to democratic credentials resort to using words like ultimatum to force another important segment of government to comply with incongruous directive on an issues that has legal underpinnings. He only succeeded in making the Lagos State governor to be more popular. His Attorney-General ought to have advised him properly before coming out to make such pronouncement.
His action in recent times has once again made us a laughing stock among comity of nations.â€