By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
A foremost traditional ruler in Ogun State has stated that National Conference remained the best option for Nigeria’s lingering problems if the youths’ agitations are to be taken serious.
His Royal Majesty Oba Joseph Olusina Ikudaisi, The Olu of Agbegise stated this during a telephone conversation with our correspondent yesterday in Abeokuta.
The monarch explained that if Buhari was serious about keeping this country together beyond 2023 forthcoming general elections, if indeed he’s concerned about the unity of Nigeria, he must implement the recommendations of 2014 Sovereign National Conference now.
The Oba stressed further that there was the need for a Sovereign National Conference and that was what Jonathan did in 2014. Although, Jonathan didn’t do it early enough because he too didn’t understand the importance of such conference as at then. However, we should thank God that he called for the conference at that time before the expiration of his tenure.
As an elder and a traditional ruler, It’s heartrending and bring me to tears when my people are suffering for no just cause. It becomes very alarming when people are enslaving us and our people who are closer to Mr President refuse to tell it to him just because of the crumbs they are picking from the table.
“I have to confess to you, some prophesies have come to pass about President Muhammad Buhari,
“I am a very embittered Nigerian. why I’m embittered is that, there are problems that some people have told Buhari but he would rather refuse to address them. Now that there is unrest everywhere, he’s not magnanimous to give credit to all he had heard and take necessary steps to correct the past”.
The Olu of Agbegise said when Obasanjo challenged President Buhari administration few years and months ago, Nigerians saw it from another angle thinking it was a personal issue he had with the president.
Obasanjo was asking why he didn’t talk about illegal abduction of people by Boko Haram, killing of innocent people by Fulani herdsmen and why he was opposing restructuring. I mean the outcome of 90 days, 2014 COMFAB result. it was the principle of restructuring that Awolowo, Balewa and Azikiwe agreed on at independence before we came together as one. Unfortunately, the military took over”.
While highlighting some of the challenges, he said protesters requests range from End SARS Issues, Police Brutality, Bad governance which include inflation of food items, Electricity tariff, Fuel price, and corruption among the politicians.
He also lamented the Lekki Massacre, the killings of an innocent youth by the Nigeria Army over a peaceful protests.