Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has joined the growing calls for the restructuring of Nigeria.
The Monarch contended that the northern region, under the present structure, is more favoured in term of revenue allocation and the number of states.
Alaafin stated this while speaking in Ibadan at the public presentation of a book titled: “Samuel Ladoke Akintola In the Eyes of History,” a biography and postscript on late Premier of the Western region, Samuel Ladoke Akintola.
The Alaafin maintained that the first Federal Government’s interference in state affairs was as a result of the dispute between the late Chief Akintola and the late Obafemi Awolowo, adding that the interference snowballed into the crisis that occurred in the Southwest and ultimately in the death of Akintola.
“The first time the Federal Government interfered in a state’s affairs began when the government at the centre interfered in the feud between Akintola and Awolowo. The government, in support of Akintola, declared a state of emergency in the old Western Region, snowballing into a serious crisis” he said.
He said that Nigeria is facing challenges because of the monolithic means of financing the federating units.
The Monarch expressed concern over the domination of the oil bloc awards by a section of the country, at the expense of the oil producing states.