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Nation’s progress tied to regionalism, says OPU

By Seye Olumide, South-West Bureau Chief, Ibadan
31 December 2021   |   3:51 am
The Oodua Progressives Union (OPU), African chapter, yesterday, insisted that Nigeria’s progress is tied to regionalism system of government.

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The Oodua Progressives Union (OPU), African chapter, yesterday, insisted that Nigeria’s progress is tied to regionalism system of government.

The Yoruba in Diaspora group, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to go into the New Year with renewed hope and determination to save Nigeria from possible disintegration.

Rising from its yearly summit, with the theme, “The Struggle for Nation Building” held via zoom, with 1,000 participants, the OPU, in a communiqué, expressed worry that the trajectory of the Nigerian nation since independence had triggered growing concerns from the various ethnic nationalities that make up the nation.

It said the New Year offers the President ample chance and opportunities to salvage the country from the looming implosion.

In his opening speech, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, who is also the global convener of the group, said Nigeria’s progress is tied to regionalism, insisting that the only way to rekindle the hope of the nation is to allow the federating units to grow and develop at their own pace.

“Nigeria is creeping badly. For over six decades of its nationhood, the country has never built a nation where peace and justice reigns. Today, all ethnic nationalities that make up the country are crying for justice.

“But to save Nigeria, we must go back to regionalism where all the federating units grow and develop at their own pace. We must also discourage regional and religious sentiment as it affects the process of nation-building. We must rid the country of corrupt leaders,” he said.

ALSO, speaking, the guest lecturer, Dr. Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, from Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, said the British philosophy was not to create a nation, but to create a system that would later trigger ethnic conflicts and agitations.

He noted that agitations would continue unless the Federal Government addresses the salient issues holistically.

The OPU also restated the call for the release of detained Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho and that of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and other agitators from detention.

The African Union Co-ordinator, Otunba Oluwasegun Ogunpitan, in his remarks, restated the urgent need to reinvent the glory of the Yoruba race, saying it is the responsibility of the group to promote the Yoruba language across the world.

“It is our duty to save the Yoruba language from going into extinction. Yoruba language is one of the most important aspects of our culture and it remains one of the most important legacies that we can hand over to the next generations,” he stated.