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Regional Autonomy: Remedy To Nigeria Challenges – Groups

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 5:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Funmi Falobi  – Lagos


Again, Coalition for Yoruba Autonomy (COYA), has stressed the imperative of regional autonomy as antidote to various challenges facing Nigeria democracy and failure of governance in the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos to celebrate Yoruba Martyrs with the theme, “Regional Autonomy: An Antidote to Poverty, Corruption and Insecurity,” COYA President, Evangelist Kunle Adeshokan said that a new federal structure with powers vested on the regions in relation to states within the respective jurisdiction of the regions, would create ample opportunities for democratic engagement in driving accelerated development.

“Without doubt, what this demand translates to is that the prevailing political and governance system must be critically reassessed, renegotiated and consequently reformulated to pave way for a new Nigeria founded on regional autonomy based on equity, fairness and justice,” he said.

The coalition comprising of the Federation of Yoruba Consciousness and Culture (FYCC); Ojo-Ola Yoruba Initiatives (OYI); O’odua Revolutionary Movement (ORM); United Self-Determination Platform of O’odua (USEPO) and  Yoruba Transformation Alliance (YTA) also lamented that true national heroes and heroines are not celebrated in the country.

The coalition said the Yoruba Martyrs Day is to celebrate late Moshood Abiola, the winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential Election annulled by the  military junta who died in a “controversial and yet unresolved circumstances while in detention for daring to demand for the mandate freely given by the Nigerian people.”

According to him, “there is no justifiable reason why MKO Abiola should not be celebrated as pan Nigeria hero the same way the likes of Martin Luther King (Jr.), Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela are celebrated in other climes.

“COYA believes that the contributions of Yoruba sons and daughters in conjunction with other citizens from ethnic groups in the struggle for nationhood should remain evergreen in the subconscious of well-meaning Nigerians as a way of making patriotism a virtue,” Adeshokan said.

While urging President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider the clamour for restructuring of Nigerian polity, the coalition said that only a restructured Nigeria with regional autonomy can curb the crises of governance, corruption and underdevelopment in the country.