The Executive Director, Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, has re emphasized the late sage’s submission about Nigeria remaining in perpetual crisis, even as she described true federalism as the only option that could prevent Nigeria from sinking into deeper crisis.
Speaking during a virtual interview program at the weekend titled, ‘ A Conversation with Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu,’, Dr. Tokunbo
expressed the belief that only true federalism could bring back the waning confidence of many Nigerians on the country’s leadership and how the country’s affairs were being run.
She expressed regrets that despite the abundant human and natural resources in every part of the country, her different ethnic groups were yet to arrive at a consensus on how those resources should be administered.
“There is no part of this country that does not have its own resources, and they all have different ideas on how they want to be governed. But, do we have a consensus on this matter? No. I think restructuring is the first thing that needs to be done, if we want to prevent a situation described by Papa Awolowo as a state of permanent crisis,” she stated.
Dr. Dosunmu attributed the present crisis in different parts of the country as a fallout of mutual suspicions that had existed among the different ethnic in the past few years.
She added that the time had come for those in government to take decisive actions, regarding criminal activities in the country. Dr. Dosunmu described that as the only way of winning the confidence of many Nigerians, who believed the federal government had not been decisive enough because of the ethnic stock of those perpetrating the crime.
While stressing the need to give state governors unhindered freedom to secure their respective states, without having to make a recourse to the central government, Dr. Dosunmu also threw her weight behind community policing, that would involve the nation’s traditional rulers to effectively check the rising rate of criminal activities in the country.
“I believe everything about insecurity in this country is a threat to communities, and that is why the solution has to be local.
“First, the Governors should be allowed to be the chief security officers of their states. They need to have control over security outfit. So, state Police is absolutely essential. State Police means that you have people who know the area.
“I have always said that if those security outfits are allowed to work as they should, they will perform better. I think the state police should work through the traditional rulers who will identify young men in their domain who know the land, the terrain. There is no land that does not belong to someone.
“So when you do this, everybody is interested. First of all, the people have vested interest, they want to secure their lands. So they would do everything humanly possible to drive out criminals from such land, besides they will be given stipend every month.
“It is unfortunate that the impression that is given is that there are sacred cows that cannot be touched. I think the leadership at the centre should be more forceful about what should be done. They should read the riot acts to the security agencies about what the government expects of them. Once people are confident that the government is at their back, a lot of the frustrations will be removed,” she stated.
The only surviving child of the late Awolowo dynasty also expressed her wish that the late sage had lived a bit longer.
According to her, since he died, many questions and national issues that the late politician would have provided answers to, had continued to come, but without adequate solutions.
“How I wish Papa had stayed a little bit longer. I feel so sad that, since his death, a lot of questions which were not there, while alive, have kept coming to me, and which I’m sure he would have provided answers to,” she added.
The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation boss also explained that the decision to set up the Foundation was informed by the need to intervene, regarding some of the challenges facing many Nigerians, especially the under-privileged, but from a non-partisan angle.
“The idea is to extend the Papa’s legacy. We knew we might not be able to do it the way he was doing it, and that was why we always organise conferences and research, involving critical stakeholders, with the aim of discussing issues confronting the country and proferring solutions,” she added.
Makinde a Failed Governor, Says Fayose
Former Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose has described Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde as a failed Governor, who does not deserve re-election.
He said the Governor had decided to betray party elders, who assisted him during the electioneering by turning his back against them.
The former governor ruled out any reconciliation with Makinde, saying that the Governor is an obstacle to dialogue.
Fayose told reporters in Lagos that Makinde had the effrontery to query the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) on critical party matters, thereby making a mess of party leadership.
He alleged that the Oyo Governor was behaving as a politician itching to run the NWC along with his state, adding he had evolved some strategies for division and polarisation of the party in the Southwest.
The former governor was reacting to comments by Makinde, who vowed to ensure that reactionary elements within the Southwest PDP would be fought and defeated.
Makinde also was reported to have warned the NWC against postponing the zonal congress of the party billed for March 6.
He said the zonal chapter will explore legitimate avenues to get the chieftains to do what is right for the party.
However, Fayose said the Makinde had deluded himself into thinking that he is the zonal leader because he is Governor.
He said: “Makinde is a failed governor. He has proved it by his inability to protect the people of Oyo State. He has demonstrated more than enough reasons not to be fielded as our PDP candidate again. He has betrayed trust and in our group, we will not sit with him in dialogue.”
Lamenting that the Governor is opening many battle fronts, Fayose added: “Majority of people Makinde is fighting today are the people who made him. He should stop his ranting. During the congress, we will teach him lessons; that becoming a Governor does not make him a leader. Let him continue to parade the failed politicians around him.
“He wants to run the NWC alongside Oyo State to assist his inordinate ambition to control the Southwest. He lacks the moral justification to criticise the NWC. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
“Makinde must be rejected by the people of Oyo State. The young man is opening all fronts for war, barely one and half years in office.”
JUST IN: Admiral Aikhomu Dies From ‘COVID’ Complications
Former Chief of Naval Administration Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu (rtd) is dead, The Nation has learnt.
Aikhomu, 65, passed on Thursday morning in Abuja allegedly from COVID-19 complications.
The deceased who was younger brother to former military Vice President, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (rtd), was until his death, chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), a company his late brother founded with businessman Captain Hosa Okunbo.
Aikhomu was also a member of the investigative panel on arms procurement between 2007 and 2015 which was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari during his first tenure.
According to sources, his death has thrown the navy community into mourning as Aikhomu was considered a mobile encyclopedia on maritime operations and logistics in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region.
Woman Caught Sleeping With A 13-Year-Old Boy Says ‘He Asked For It’
A yet-to-be-identified Greendale woman has been arrested after she was caught red-handed having sex with a 13-year-old boy at the teenager’s parents’ home in Houghton Park, Zimbabwe
The minor’s mother got the shock of her life when she returned home on Tuesday February 23, and caught her son being sexually abused by the woman. She immediately called the police, leading to the arrest of the accused.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest and also disclosed that investigations into the case were already underway and details will be released in due course.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the arrest of a woman alleged to have been caught having sex with a minor in Houghton Park.”
Upon being interviewed by H-Metro, the lady said she didn’t commit any crime as the minor was the one who invited her to have sex at his parents’ house.
What did I do wrong and how did I know his house if he hadn’t called me?
We had protected sex and I do not see any reason why I can be treated like a thief or robber.
The yet-to-be-identified woman was taken to Waterfalls Police Station where she is currently being detained. In Zimbabwe, having sex with a minor is a criminal offense even if the minor consents. It is a serious crime that attracts jail term.
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