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Stakeholders harp on restructuring, credible elections

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
23 January 2023   |   5:11 am
Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Lagos branch, in collaboration with some critical stakeholders, yesterday, emphasised the need to restructure Nigeria to make it work for all, instead of the present system.

2023 Elections.

Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Lagos branch, in collaboration with some critical stakeholders, yesterday, emphasised the need to restructure Nigeria to make it work for all, instead of the present system.

One of the stakeholders and a legal practitioner, Mr. John Oguebunwa, who spoke during a pre-election symposium entitled: “The role of various stakeholders in sustainable, efficient and effective governance,’ organised by the organisation ahead of the general elections, said that Nigeria urgently needed to be restructured, adding that the current system cannot endure.

The lawyer also said that the quota system and federal character were major issues threatening the corporate existence of the country.

He, therefore, urged government at all levels to obey the constitution by providing security as well as placing priority on the welfare of citizens, which according to him is the primary role of the government.

Also speaking, a university lecturer, Mr. Olurotimi Adeleye, said Nigerians should play more roles for sustainable and effective governance.

According to him, the citizens are duty-bound to ensure that they play their constitutional, statutory, social, economic, moral, political, cultural and religious roles for effective and efficient governance.

He said that government had no right to choose which court order to obey and which to jettison, saying that government must lead by example.

In his welcome address, Lagos Branch Chairman of CLO, Joseph Enitan, charged the law enforcement agents to provide adequate protection for the electorate and others during and after the elections.

He said it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to ensure credible, free and fair elections.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIE) said that it had done its part in sensitising the citizens at the grassroots by educating them on the election.

LASIEC Commissioner, Dr. Olayiwola Onasanya, who was represented by Mr. Ayobami Oguntola, noted that election nowadays is based on open door policy.