A call has been made for a substantive restructuring of the country to remove her from the socio-political and economic woods she has continued to find herself 100 years after creation.
The ace columnist with The Nation newspapers, Prof. Olatunji Dare, made the call yesterday during a lecture he delivered at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, in honour of former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Jacob Festus Ade-Ajayi, who turned 85 years.
Present at the ceremony in honour of the world class historian, “Father of history” and Ikole-Ekiti-born don, were many egg heads and dignitaries from all walks of life. Dare delivered the lecture entitled, “One hundred years after amalgamation: The Nigerian condition”.
He bemoaned the problems plaguing the nation, especially the insecurity being unleashed on innocent Nigerians by the dreaded Boko Haram sect The doyen of modern journalism lamented that the ongoing national conference intended to correct many of the ills in the country might not achieve the set objective going by the discordant tunes being sung by many of the delegates at Abuja.
“A re-structured federation, based on a new constitution truly warranted by the preface “We the people” has been the recurrent demand of recent times. There was much hope that the ongoing constitutional conference may bring that about.
“But judging by the hazy status of the conference and by the reports on the deliberations, the hope could turn out to be misplaced,” he said