Your anti-corruption war cannot solve all our problems – Mimiko, Yoruba leaders tell Buhari
Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and some
leaders of Yoruba, today said President Muhammadu
Buhari’s anti-corruption war would do little in solving
Nigeria’s challenges, unless the federation is
They called for the immediate implementation of the
2014 National Conference, which they said was the only
instrument that can bring peace and progress to the
Mimiko and the leaders spoke at the second edition of
Yoruba Summit held in Akure, the Ondo State Capital
with the theme, “Economic Downturn and
Unemployment in Yorubaland.”
Yoruba leaders in attendance included Afenifere leader,
Pa. Reuben Fasoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olu
Falae, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi (rtd), Ambassador Yemi
Farohunbi, Otunba Gani Adams, and Sehinde Arogbofa.
Yinka Odumakin, representative of Yoruba Council of
Elders, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, Yinka Odumakin, Kunle
Olajide and Chief Adegboye Onigbinde.
The leaders shortly after the summit, came up with a
communique and it was signed by chairmen of Yoruba
Unity Forum, (YUF), Gbonigi, Afenifere, Fasoranti,
Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Adams and Yoruba
Council of Elders (YCE) Adebayo.
In the communique, the elders said there was urgent
need for a federation structure.
They noted that the unrest in some parts of the country,
particularly the ongoing agitation of the Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB) could only be resolved if the
Buhari’s administration is ready to implement the 2014
elders insisted that the federal government must look
critically into the causes of separatist feelings and
initiate constitutional reforms to give a sense of
belonging to all constituent units of the country.
They called for a meeting of Yoruba states Governors
to fashion out an agenda for cooperation that would
leverage on the economic strength of each state to
create a conducive atmosphere for entrepreneurs that
would empower Yoruba people to float businesses and
also create jobs for the unemployed youth.
The communique reads, “we should not paper over the
crack and watch till the situation gets out of hands nor
take precipitated actions.
“The recommendations of the 2014 National
Conference offer a good template for such engagement
of the nationality question.
“To this end, the summit is irrevocably committed to
pushing for the resolution of the lingering national
question via the restructuring of our federation,
devolution of the corresponding review of the revenue
allocation in favour of the federating unit and
centralization of the security network”.
Earlier in his address, Mimiko said, “recent events in
Nigeria have shown us that those centrifugal forces
that had continually threatened our national unity and
cohesion are not fatigued.
“Multiculturalism, which the rest of the world has
turned to strength, remains a major challenge to
Nigeria. Diversity has become a bitter pill, which the
country is constantly forced to swallow when the rest
of the world has used same as a launch pad into
“Today, almost everything keeps separating us.
Language has divided us, religion has torn us apart and
culture has alienated us. Yet, these could be sources of
strength and cohesion.
“Unfortunately, we may remain in this miasma for as
long as we deny the need for us to redesign the
federation such that we would be able to create
multiple centres of development in the true spirit of
“A great piece of document remains on the table if the
present Federal Government will find the courage to
implement it. I have in mind here the report of the 2014
“That Conference, Nigerians had an uncommon
opportunity to discuss their collective future.
“The 492 Delegates, through consensus, passed over
600 resolutions. The resolutions touched most, if not
all, the critical issues that had served as impediments
to Nigeria’s rapid development and the attainment of
nationhood. The overarching recommendation was the
need for political restructuring.
“This is to retain a Federal system of government with
States as the federating units, with all the powers and
resources thereto. It would allow States that wish to
merge do so in accordance with the Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), a possibility
that is no longer too far-fetched given the financial
crises in which most States of the Federation have now
“The restructuring would also accommodate the
establishment of State Police to enhance national
security. In the economic domain, exploitation of solid
minerals would be taken from the Exclusive Legislative
List, such that states would be able to harness the solid
minerals in their jurisdictions, thus creating
employment, generating more revenue and developing
at their own pace.
“It is evident that implementation of the 2014 Confab
Report has the potential to liberate every part of Nigeria
and ultimately, open up the political space. It is only
such a courageous move that would extirpate
centrifugal forces burgeoning and threatening to tear
Africa’s largest nation apart. The latest is the
resurgence of the demand for an independent Biafra.
“I use this opportunity to call on the Federal
Government to exercise utmost restrain in managing
this renewed agitation, which the implementation of the
Confab Report would have made otiose.
“The 2014 National Conference Report must, therefore,
not be allowed to be confined to the dustbin of history,
as it possesses inherent capacities to replace the
centrifugal forces threatening the existence of Nigeria
with centripetal forces that could build a nation.
“I implore this august body to keep the demand for
restructuring and indeed, the implementation of the
2014 National Conference in the front burner of national