Gani Adams, Leader of the Oodua People’s Congress.

The new Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, has said that achieving true federalism is the urgent objective before the leaders and people of South-west.

He stated this during the grand finale of the annual Olokun festival held at the Suntan Beach, Badagry, Lagos.

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“We are talking about restructuring. What politicians call true federalism, which in a proper arrangement, is called federal system of government, not the system we are running now that is completely a unitary system of government,” he said.

Adams stated that true federalism was the foundation of Nigeria’s independence in 1960 and the basis of the republic constitution in 1963.

He argued that it is the pragmatic system that affords each geographical zone the luxury to develop at their own pace.

“Without restructuring this country there is no way Nigeria can move forward.” He noted how the lack of it has been inimical to the development of the country.

“We have been over-dependent on allocations coming from the centre and we have not been creative in our government levels, and at the same time, private initiatives have not thrived,” he told Saturday Sun.

Adams, who is also the national coordinator, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), gave a hint on how his new position as Aare Ona Kakanfo will impact on his leadership of the pro-Yoruba organisations he has been leading for many years.

“Being Aare Ona Kakanfo will energise me to foster unity in Yoruba land and to project the Yoruba culture more; it will assist me to defend the interests of Yoruba land better, and also to defend the interest of Nigeria in general on the basis of justice and equity.” he declared.