Alaafin joins calls for Nigeria’s restructuring

Alafin joins calls for Nigeria’s restructuring

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.

Oba Adeyemi said, “They cannot fish or practice agriculture so they have to agitate. The Oyo State government cannot pay teachers and civil servants because what is coming to its coffers from the FG is minimal. Our revenue has been taken over by the FG. What the FG collects in Value Added Tax in an area in Oyo State in one month is more than what it collects in Adamawa State in three months. Yet, the FG takes all away.”
According to the foremost Yoruba monarch, “Gowon that came later returned the term federal republic of Nigeria but not the region. Lagos is about 20 million people going by the first census conducted and Kano was next. Within next 10 years, Kano was split into about 44 council areas but Lagos remains with 20 council areas.”
“Jigawa was created from Kano and given 19 council areas. This means that the bulk of what Nigeria realises from oil goes to the North. If we are in a region, the government of that region can create council areas but because we depend on a monolithic manner of financing the states, we are in problem. Have they been able to publish the people who own the oil blocs in Nigeria?”

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