Lagos Governor advocates true federalism

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos state Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, has called for true Federalism for Nigeria to assume the change it desires.

Governor Ambode made the call against the backdrop of the 23rd anniversary of the annulment of June 12 1993 presidential election.

Governor Ambode who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, at an event tagged- “Democracy and Inclusiveness: Basis for good governance,” emphasised that the election of June 12, 1993, could not be swept under the carpet and needed to be given the right recognition.

Lagos deserves more Councils

While decrying the small number of Local government allocated to the state which he attributed to lack of true federalism, he boasted that the state was self sufficient.

“What we owe Nigeria today is nothing but true federalism and for us to be able to achieve true federalism, we have to work hard for it. We still have a long way to go, if you want to live by Abiola’s memory, if you want to honour him, we owe him a duty to ensure that we install a viable democracy and that viable democracy can only be installed if we have true federalism which we are presently not practicing, and that is very important, for us in Lagos here, Lagos as it is today, it has everything to stand by its own, we have the most viable infrastructure in the whole country, yet we are not given what we deserve, look at the number of local governments we have, if we run true federalism, we would not be having 37 LCDAs and 20 Local Governments, we should be able to create the number of local governments that we desire,” the governor stressed.”

The founder, Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms, Chief Ayo Opadokun, expressed displeasure on the falsehood on June 12 election and condemned the part played by some ethnic leaders in the annulment.

Chief Opadokun advised the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration to declare late MKO Abiola as the winner of June 12, 1993 election with a call to name a befitting monument after MKO.

Need for restructuring

The elder statesman then renewed the call for the restructuring of the country.

“This country is the eight largest exporter of crude oil in the world and yet has the largest number of poorest people, something must be wrong something wonderfully is wrong, let me say here that Nigeria will never get out of the wood until we change our structure,” he said.

One of the sons of the late Business mogul, Mr Abdul Abiola was of the opinion that until June 12, 1993 election result was openly declared and announced by the Federal government, Democratic challenges would continue in the country.

The Guest Speaker, Professor Olumuyiwa Noah, stated that June 12 should have ended the era of dictatorship and godfatherism in the nation’s politics saying that those at the helms of affairs should practice all inclusive governance.

Also speaking, a former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Ndubuisi Kanu said the nation was struggling with numerous problems because true federalism and restructuring had not been put in place.

According to Kanu “we are at this time struggling to build and we may still have the chance to build the country but it is a dwindling chance; whatever is happening now in the country, either militancy, IPOB and others will not stop until we go back to the Nigeria that we are expected to build-a federal Nigeria.”

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