CHAIRMAN of the Ondo State Council of Obas, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, yesterday, declared that all was not well with the country as a result of the mistrust between the government and the governed noting that such mistrust is threatening Nigeria’s coexistence.
Oba Aladelusi spoke at the 14th Public Lecture and Presentation of Essays in honour of Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, to commemorate his 60th Birthday held in Abuja.
The Chief Press Secretary to the monarch, Mr. Adeyeye Michael, who quoted Aladelusi, called for a total restructuring of the country as a way out of the current quagmire.
He said: “We cannot continue to hide from the truth that is already staring us in the face. We will fail in our responsibilities of protecting the labour of our heroes if we fail to speak out that all is not well with our nation.
“We can see the dwindling fortunes of our economy, many states are no longer economically viable owing months of salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities. Besides, there seems to be a lot of mistrust between the government and the governed.
“It is expedient that we must as a matter of urgency build the bridges and close all the openings that are already threatening our coexistence as one indivisible entity.
“It is time for everyone to agree and come to terms with this issue of restructuring that will guarantee fiscal and true federalism, devolution of powers with local government autonomy with a complete overhaul of our present constitution.
“I am sure we will surmount these seemingly unending challenges tearing us apart if we are truly patriotic about this restructuring.
“Part of the restructuring will be to give constitutional roles to the traditional roles.
“As one of the foremost traditional rulers in the country, we have seen the prospect and the gains in assigning constitutional roles to traditional rulers.
“As we speak, many of us are doing all we can to ensure peace in our domain, attracting investors and contributing to national development even though we do not have a constitutional role.”