The 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Abiodun Adams, has called for the restructuring of the nation.
He made the call during the launch of two books held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State, to mark the one year anniversary of his installation as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.
The books were reviewed by Professor Tunde Akanni (Iba Gani Adams: Voice of Media Voice of People) and Professor Shiyanbola Oyeweso (Iba Gani Adams: Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land).
According to Gani Adams, restructuring is the only way to move Nigeria forward, stressing that the call for restructuring is not a call for disintegration.
“The only way out of various crisis facing Nigeria is restructuring, whether it is done today, tomorrow or next year. Restructuring is a must if Nigeria must move forward,” the Aare Ona Kakanfo said.
“Many people who are against don’t even know what it means. To me restructuring simply means re-organisation not disintegration. When we insist on restructuring we are not after disintegration or collapse of the country, we are simply saying we need re-organisation of the country.
“All over the world development is always through the bottom-up approach and not the other way. Simply put, development can only come from the ward, council, state and then federal.”
On the books, Gani Adams noted that they are meant to help promote the Yoruba culture and tell the history and importance of the institution of the Aare Ona Kakanfo.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Qasim Akinreti, stated that the books are meant to stir Nigeria and the world in general into appreciating the institution of the Aare Ona Kakanfo.
“We want the next generation to realize the importance of their culture and respect for elders,” he added.
The events to celebrate the one year installation anniversary of the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo continues with a novelty match on Thursday (today) at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, a book presentation on Friday, the installation of council chiefs on Saturday and a social event to end the celebrations on Sunday.