I don’t know anything about Oduduwa Republic – Akala, supports call for restructuring

By Bolaji Omosanya, Ibadan

The former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, has stated that he did not know anything about any  agitation by Yoruba people for forming an  Oduduwa Republic out of the  present Nigeria.


He also said no individual or group has come to  discuss the issue with him  and  that he would rather throw his weight behind those calling for the restructuring of the country .


Akala expressed this view while featuring on  a program tagged Bo Se nlo  aired on Splash FM 105.5 in Ibadan.

According to him, what Nigeria really needs at this critical period of her  history is true restructuring .


Akala averred that the Constitution currently in operation in the country does not reflect the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians .


He observed that the  Constitution as presently constituted was foisted on the people by the military and that it was engineered in favour of some powerful forces in the country .


Akala added that power is overwhelmingly concentrated in the hand of the federal government , with the states also lording it over the local councils so much so that the latter have become  mere  appendages in  the equation .


He went on to say that it is sad that a local government chairman could only sign a contract worth less than a million naira.


He said most of the roles and responsibilities of the local governments have been hijacked by states with little or nothing worthwhile left but for chairmen to practically warm the bench in their respective offices.


Moreover , he maintained that in his own  time  as a council chairman before  he became governor, “what we were enjoying is by far more than what is happening now.”


When the  former  Governor was asked about the impending council election slated for May 12 this  year , he said the Supreme Court is yet to decide the case brought before it by the council chairmen sacked by the incumbent administration of Governor Seyi Makinde , as the final pronouncement on the matter would be made on May 7.


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