By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA â€“ THE Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona has lamented that the structure of the nation was defective and its government deceitful.
Oba Adetona who spoke with newsmen Wednesday in his palace in Ijebu-Ode as part of preparations for his 50th coronation anniversary said the Nigerian nation would not make any substantial progress except corrections were made.
He said â€œThe structure of Nigeria is defective and unless we correct them we will not get anywhere. The Presidential system we are operating is too expensive. We must go back to how we operated in the past. Councillorship should not be full time, it should be part time
â€œThe problem is that government is deceitful. We cannot get anywhere. Some people must say the truth. I donâ€™t watch television and local news because they never say the truth. We must make sure we say the truth, my challenge is that people are not truthful.â€
Oba Adetona who was flanked by the Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya further berated government for not doing much with the economy leaving a lot of people unemployed.
â€œThe economy is in the hands of government and they are doing nothing about it, graduates from universities donâ€™t have jobs. People who are trying to establish industries are frustrated because of the impediments placed in their way. All impossible conditions are attached.
â€œGovernment must create the right atmosphere for business to thrive; this will bring down crime rate. It is both the Federal and State Governments. Nothing is being done about electricityâ€
Asked why traditional rulers have been wary of criticizing the government Oba Adetona said that the people deserved the government they have because they were the people who elected them saying â€œwhatever government you get is what you deserve because you elected them. Good or bad, you elected the legislators who are supposed to check the executive. If they donâ€™t do it, that is your fault.