By Oluwaseyi Kasali and Oseni Rahmat
A first class traditional ruler in Kwara State, Dr Haliru Yahaya, the Emir of Shonga has identified indiscipline as one of the major challenges militating against Nigeria.
The Emir, who spoke on behalf of other traditional rulers in Kwara at the All Progressives Congress, North Central Zonal Public Meeting on True Federalism, expressed that the few elements who are agitating the division of Nigeria do so in a very rude manner and do not know the implications of such division.
Dr. Yahaya, who also spoke on the limits of human rights defenses stressed that as good as it is to respect human right, it can be abused by the people, citing cases of countries like China and others that suspended human rights for some time and later revisit it when they had stabilized.
The Monarch, who reiterated that traditional rulers are not politicians but will proffer necessary solution when called upon to do so, adding that there are highly skilled professionals among traditional ruler as well as retired Military personnel, medical Doctors and other fields of endeavour.
Earlier, the Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed in his welcome address called for special focus on political economy in the quest for true federalism in Nigeria in order to ensure class elevation and egalitarianism adding that the core of the current agitation for true federalism or restructuring is a drive towards redistributing resources in an equitable manner.
According to Gov Ahmed, “this dialogue should explore ways of ensuring the greatest good for the greatest number of our people. That, to me, is what we must address our minds to within the context of our federation or any other structure that we may come up with”.
Governor Ahmed said any structure that meets the economic, and political aspirations of the majority of citizens will be welcomed.
“The nationwide dialogue by APC on true federalism”, the governor said, “connects with its expressed commitment to making governance more meaningful to the people by changing the way people are governed, especially in terms of access to and allocation of resources”.
Also speaking, the Governor the state of Osun, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola said the APC set up the committee on true federalism as a way of aggregating the views of Nigerians on how the nation should be governed.
Governor Aregbesola who is a member of the Committee said the party made the concerted effort of robust discussion in moving the country forward rather than imposing on Nigerians.
In his message, the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Sani Bello said the state had garnered the opinions of its stakeholders and resolved to committing to issues of national development.
Governor Bello who was represented by his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Mr. Solomon Nyaze said the state is not in support of the division of the country but for policies that will promote national unity and devolution of power.
Various speakers from labour unions, traditional councils, community development associations, professional bodies, marketers, youth and religious groups agreed on the unity of the country, independent candidacy, devolution of power and local government autonomy but rejected the idea of creating new states.