BY DAPO AKINREFON & DOTUN IBIWOYE
*We’re in a state of war — Sen Ojudu…
FORMER governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former Chief of Army Staff, General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), Wednesday, warned that the continuous shying away from the practice of true federalism portends doom for the country.
They said this at the commemoration of the 70th birthday celebration of Prof. Ropo Sekoni, the presentation of the book: ‘Federalism and the Yoruba Character and launching of Yoruba Insight and Innovation Initiatives,’ at the Muscon Centre, in Lagos.Tinubu disclosed that the unification Decree 34 of 1966, which makes Nigeria a unitary state, still exists after 47 years, noting that only true federalism will bring about democracy.
Represented by former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Dele Alake, Tinubu stated that the country has only had various shades of unitary forms of government with different specifications and it is now operating a civilian ‘regime’ instead of a real democracy.
Akinrinade, who was chairman of the event, warned of dire consequences if urgent steps were not taken to practise true federalism.
He said: “We must go out and propagate federalism because the more we look for excuses not to federalise, the more we go into deep trouble.
….We’re in a state of war — Sen Ojudu
The lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Senator Ojudu said there was a total disconnect between the present crop of leaders and Nigerians.
He said should the Boko Haram insurgency be allowed to go on unchecked in the North, the chances of conducting a free and fair elections in 2015 remained slim.
“I must tell you that Nigeria is in a state of war.”