Tunde Bakare lambasts Buhari, northern ‘elders’

Nigerians should give Buhari time -- Tunde Bakare

Late Fajuyi’s remembrance lectures held yesterday across the South West region.

The UI version of the golden remembrance lecture, entitled: “Fajuyi and the Politics of Remembrance,” was organized by the Yoruba Think-Tank.

One of the key speakers in the event was a one time vice presidential aspirant to President Buhari, Pastor Tunde Bakare.

Pastor Tunde Bakare lambasted northern elders and Buhari who has openly opposed calls to restructure Nigeria; except for Atiku.

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According to Pastor Tunde Bakare, “Need we remind those in opposition to restructuring today?

“One of the main grouses of Nigerians of northern extraction within the army and civil society after the first coup was the abrogation of the federal system by the Aguiyi-Ironsi.

“This was the main reason the northern leaders and the counter-coupists demanded a reversal of the unification decree and a return to the federal system of government.

“Consequently, to oppose restructuring now, 50 years after, is to confirm the words of Aesop that ‘the injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.’

“It may not be clearly understood by antagonists of restructuring.

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“But a call for restructuring is a demand for true federalism.

“A demand for federating units that can truly self-administer like the regions in the days of our founding fathers.

“A demand for the prosperity of the constituent parts that make up the whole.

“It is therefore inconsistent with the interest of the North or the South for the current pseudo-federal structure to persist.

“If the elders of the North are true elders in this generation, I charge them with the words of the wisest king who ever lived: Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.”

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In his lecture, Professor Niyi Osundare noted that “In Nigeria, our memory is so scanty and skewed.

“We do not only remember differently much more frightfully, we remember defectively.

He berated the Federal government “by the way it doles out its national honors to recipients.

He said some of those recipients “Are notorious treasury looters, election riggers and so on.

A four-point communiqué was issued at the end of the program.

It urged South-Western governments to ensure “Yoruba Language be a compulsory subject in schools.

It should also be used “Our Houses of Assembly, as is now done in the Lagos State House of Assembly,” the communiqué read in part.