Restructuring Sacrosanct To Nigeria’s Unity – Aare Gani Adams |The Republican News




Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, has restated his strong belief in restructuring, stressing that for Nigeria to have a genuine unity, the issue of restructuring must be taken care of urgently.

Aare Adams made the submission yesterday when prominent representatives of the Lagos state chapter of Arewa Council of  Chiefs( ACC), and top members of the  Arewa Youth Consultative Forum( AYCF), visited his Omole Phase 2, Lagos, home on a courtesy call.

He said the foundation of   Nigeria’ s  unity is a regionalism, a system where the various federating units develop at their own pace.

” We have to perfect Nigeria to a country that we can be proud of.” Adams, who described the issues of the Fulani herdsmen as a sad reminder of what Nigeria is known for, said: “On a daily basis, what we hear about the Fulanis of the past negates the stories we hear now, and this is sad. The stories started filtering in from the North Central and metamorphosised to the south-west, where people were killed and properties, including several hectares of land, destroyed.

Victims of such dastardly acts, Adams said, include former secretary to the federal government,( SFG), Chief Olu Falae, chief Bisi Rotipe, Admiral Samuel Afolayan and several other prominent Yoruba sons, who have been engaging in farming for over 30 years.

” I am using this opportunity to appeal to you and at the same time ask for your cooperation on the best way to end the unnecessary killings by the herdsmen. The issue of the herdsmen is a security threat to the Yoruba nation and because of your integrity as a people you must do something urgent about this,” he said.

Adams, who harped on unity and peace in the country, expressed appreciation on the visit, saying the Yorubas are very accommodating: “I am proud to say that the Yorubas are the most accommodating race in Nigeria. We have a history of the various ethnic nationalities in the country living with us for more than 300 years.There is a lasting synergy between the OPC and the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, top Niger Delta groups, the Eze Ndigbo and other ethnic groups”, he said

Responding, president of the group, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said they were on the courtesy call to congratulate Adams on his new position, adding that the relationship between him and Aare dates back to over two decades, particularly, during the time of the struggles.

He said:”Aare Adams is my brother who has been championing a just cause. Given his antecedents and past struggles, I have a number of reasons, including my personal experiences, to say Aare is most qualified for the prestigious title. He deserved the title, that is why we are here as a people to celebrate with him, and I hope one day, we shall change the narratives of this nation”.

He spoke about the state of the nation, saying Nigerians are suffering; “The level of hunger in the country is alarming. It is sad that Nigerians are suffering, and this is occasioned by bad leadership. The issue of the herdsmen is highly politicized, and that the north is not against restructuring.” he said.

No fewer than 30 members of the two groups were present at the meeting. They were: Alhaji Umaru Yunusa, chairman, Lagos state chapter of Kingmakers Council of Arewa Chiefs, Alhaji Abdullah, Marafan Lagos state, Alhaji Rabiu Sidi, Seriki Hausa Ajegunle, Alhaji Sulaimon Bala, Secretary, and Alhaji Isa Mohammed among others.                        (New Telegraph)

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Yoruba Can Defend Themselves Against Fulani Herdsmen – Gani Adams |RN

Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams, has lamented the increasing attacks by herdsmen in the country. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the immediate arrest of the attackers.

Adams spoke in the wake of the assassination of a Special Anti-Robbery Squad chief by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday night.

The PUNCH had reported that an Assistant Superintendent of Police and officer-in-charge of the SARS, Saki Unit in the Oyo State Police Command, was hacked to death by suspected herdsmen during an operation in a forest on the Saki-Ogbooro Road in the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

He warned that Yoruba land would “resist any conspiracy aimed at killing our people at will.”

Adams’ warning is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi. He described the assailants as “blood-thirsty maniacs on the rampage in the country, masquerading as herdsmen.”

He said, “Historically, the Yoruba are known to have the capacity to defend themselves. These killers are testing the waters by burning the farm of Chief Olu Falae and invading the farms of prominent people in the South-West. We will no longer accept the activities of this murderous gang in Yoruba land. Enough is enough.

“The diplomacy of the Yoruba on national issues, especially when it borders on security, should not be misconstrued for cowardice. It is part of our nature to accommodate people from other ethnic nationalities.

But now, our people cannot go to their farms again because of the fear of the unknown. The Federal Government must immediately check the activities of these killers to avoid plunging the country into an avoidable war.”

While describing the assassination of the SARS chief as “one killing too many,” Adams declared that the spate of insecurity in the country was worrisome.

He said, “The first fundamental right of a Nigerian is the right to life. It is when you are alive that you can enjoy other rights. Once this right is taken away from you through killings and murder, you cannot enjoy any other right. Nigerians demand right to life. More than 1,000 Nigerians have been killed in the last one year. Is Nigeria at war?”

He told Buhari that the solution to the various crises in the polity remained the restructuring of the country.

Gani said, “Restructuring is the only system that will bring about a just, fair and egalitarian society. I welcome the report of the Governor Nasir el-Rufai APC Committee which recommended restructuring.

“If Nigeria is going to survive as a nation, this country must be restructured. This is the time to have true federalism, state police, resource ownership and control, and an entirely new constitution deriving its legitimacy from the people.”

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My Agenda For Yoruba: Achieving True Federalism An Urgent Objective – Gani Adams


Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba, Otunba Gani Adams

By MUSA jibril

The new Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate  of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams has said that achieving true federalism is the urgent objective before the leaders and people of Southwest Nigeria. He stated this in an interview with Saturday Sun during the grand finale of the annual Olokun festival held at the Suntan Beach, Badagry, Lagos.

“We are talking about restructuring––what politicians call true federalism––which in a proper arrangement, is called federal system of government, not the system we are running now that is completely a unitary system of government,” he said.

Adams, who observed that true federalism was the foundation of Nigeria’s independence in 1960 and the basis of the republic constitution in 1963, argued that it is the pragmatic system that affords each geographical zone the luxury to develop at their own pace. He said “without restructuring this country there is no way Nigeria can move forward.” He noted how the lack of it has been inimical to the development of the country. “We have been over-dependent on allocations coming from the centre and we have not been creative in our government levels, and at the same time, private initiatives have not thrived,” he said.

Adams, who is also the national coordinator, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and convener, Oodua Progressive Union (OPU), gave a hint on how his new position as Aare Ona Kakanfo, proclaimed by the Alaafin of Oyo on October 15, will impact on his leadership of the pro-Yoruba organisations he has been leading for many years.

“Being Aare Ona Kakanfo will energise me to foster unity in Yoruba land and to project the Yoruba culture more; it will assist me to defend the interests of Yoruba land better, and also to defend the interest of Nigeria in general on the basis of justice and equity,” he declared.

In the same breath, he dispelled the notion that he would be pursuing a narrow agenda of ethnic prerogatives. “My cause is not only about Yoruba; it is about justice in the whole world,” he avowed. “I do not support the Yoruba people doing wrong against other people, and vice versa. Every human being comes from God, therefore, anything I do will be on the basis of justice so I can enjoy the happiness and prosperity of God.”   ( The Sun)

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