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Cleric advocates true federalism

Archbishop of Christ Church of Cherubim and Seraphim Nigeria and Overseas, Rt. Rev Gabriel Adereyinwo has advocated for true federalism, just as over 500 clergies were ordained bishops, senior apostles and many more, reports Bose Adelaja.

Adereyinwo said the current resources allocation formula tilts unjustifiably in favour of the centre which is giving rise to corruption, ineptitude and under-develop-ment of the constituent states. According to him, corruption is thriving because there is too much concentration of power and money at the center, encouraging stealing and wastages.

In his words: “The present arrangement encourages corruption, if we revert to true federalism, that is, a balanced federal structure which recognises the legitimate claims of all units where no single entity among the federating units will be strong or powerful enough to hold the others to ransom, there will be less stealing and it will bring rapid development.

“I therefore agree with the Yoruba leaders that called for restructuring adoption of regional structure. But my advice is that regional structures should be accorded constitutional recognition,” he noted, adding “more powers should be taken from the centre to the federating units.”

Earlier, the Deputy Archbishop of the Church, Rt Rev Ebenezer Alaba called on religious leaders to always speak the truth and accord high priority to holiness.


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