By Dapo Akinrefon
AGITATIONS for the restructuring of the country is gathering steam, as the European chapter of the Oodua Peoples Union has joined the call for Nigeria’s restructuring along regional line. The OPU in Europe said if the feat is achieved it will enhance the development of the country and rescue her from imminent crash.
This was contained in a communique issued by the socio cultural body of Yoruba natives in diaspora under the umbrella OPU, after its 3rd Europe Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, recently.
Among far reaching decisions made by the OPU, it said it “supports the call for restructuring and devolution of power” even as it also “globally seeks, wants and supports that Nigeria be structured via regional lines.” While it called on Yoruba in diaspora to be evangelists of the Yoruba culture and ensure that the interest of the Yoruba nation is protected at all times, the body commended the collaboration of its sister body, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) with the Nigeria Police to flush the dreaded Badoo cultist group out of Ikorodu in Lagos state.
In his remarks, the OPU convener, Otunba Adams expressed delight in re-uniting with his fellow natives in the Diaspora.
According to him, “no doubt, OPU has provided a veritable platform for the Oodua descendants living far away from their home land to constantly interact on issues of common interest, especially as it affects the Yoruba race in particular and the country, Nigeria in general.”
Adams said “it is a thing of joy for me to bear witness today, to the tremendous progress that OPU, as a body, has witnessed globally, as it now operates effectively in 78 countries of the world.”
He, however, observed that even as OPU Europe celebrates its success so far, “it is unfortunate that we cannot do same over our country Nigeria where things have seriously retrogressed.”
Besides, he said his consolation was that “the efforts of all of us here, if offered in unison, can salvage our country from imminent crash.”
He thus canvassed for the adoption of “mutual understanding and Compromise” strategies used by the Swedish to accomplish the political and economic progress being witnessed in their democracy.
In his submission, when the Swedish Social Democratic Party came into power in 1932, its leaders introduced a new political decision-making process, which later became known as “the Swedish model.”
The party, he noted, took a central role, but tried as much as possible to base its policy on mutual understanding and compromise.
His words: “There is no gainsaying that Nigeria has what it takes to be a welfare state in its real sense with her natural endowments, but she must take a cue from Sweden and adopt the main ingredients of her body polity, the absence of which (in Nigeria) has remained its albatross, which is, mutual understanding and compromise.”
Continuing, he opined that “it is my candid opinion that only if we had been able to factor and accommodate these two ingredients into our governing system like in Sweden, there wouldn’t have been reason for the ear itching call for the breakup of Nigeria as we are witnessing at the moment.”
On his part, the guest lecturer, Saad Muhialdeen stated that leadership is not only about being the head but also about showing direction and positive game changers.
Delivering a paper on leadership and mentoring, he lauded the Yoruba for being the most focal, conscious and well exposed race in Africa. He enumerated the shinning lights of the black community in Europe as being traced to Nigeria and Yoruba in particular.