Address constitutional reforms, Fasoranti tells Tinubu

By Jubril Bada & Adedotun Ajayi


Leader of the Pan Yoruba  Socio-Cultural Yoruba organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has charged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address constitutional reforms with courage, fairness and determination.

He said the reforms would birth regional competitions and bring out the best in the country as it were during the First Republic.

Pa Fasoranti said this during President Tinubu’s visit to his residence in Akure on Wednesday.

Those present at the elder statesman’s residence are; Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, former Governor of the State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, royal fathers and members of the group.

He expressed that the review of the 2014 National Constitutional Conference would help him in charting the course of his administration.

Fasoranti who advised the president to continue to govern fairly and courageously and with the fear of God said: “For the people of the South West, restructuring also has a more pressing meaning.

“Today, Nigeria has a population of 200 million which would double in the next 25 years to 400 million. However, the South West is facing an avalanche of migration from  other zones of the country to the extent that in 25 years time, if the current trend continues, the Southwest would be home to 50 percent of the population of Nigeria. By this time the states of Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo would be home to at least 200 million people.

“We need to plan for this eventuality on a regional scale. We need to be prepared so that our region would not be overwhelmed by imported challenges.”

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He also sought for institutional reforms that would strengthen the federation and make Nigeria safer and more prosperous, imploring him to try and balance the budget and execute capital projects that would create more employments.

The elder statesman thanked the president for welcoming the idea of state policing, just as he expressed the desire of the group for each of the geopolitical zone to have greater responsibilities for security, food production and infrastructural development.

He said the president owe a duty to posterity to serve Nigeria with all his strength and wisdom and praised him for giving his best to reposition the country’s economy and reform the Public Service with many issues that have remained unresolved for many years.

He said it was an act of courage and sagacity for him to adopt the Oronsanye Report as the basis to reform the Public Service.

Speaking with journalists, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi disclosed that the responses of the president to the demands of Afenifere were positive to take the country to  greater heights.

Ajayi said what the president meant was that the structures he (president) was putting in place economically, politically and infrastructurally will put the country where it ought to be.

Meanwhile, the President had earlier visited the palace of Olowo of Owo and the family house of late Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to pay his condolences.

Tinubu said the void left by the departed Governor will be difficult to fill, noting that it is honourable to depart the world when the ovation is loudest.

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According to him: “This sentiment should inspire us to live each day with purpose, to pursue our goals with determination, and to leave behind a legacy that will be remembered fondly by those whose lives we have touched” he said

He acknowledged the courage and fearless nature of the late governor especially his passion for good governance.

“He truly embodied courage and fearlessness, especially in his relentless pursuit for good governance. I can only describe him as a fearless fighter, his unwavering commitment to the welfare of his people and his courageous nature will always be remembered” said Tinubu

The Olowo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye, conveyed heartfelt appreciation to the president for his visit. He went on to characterize the late governor as nothing short of a true democrat, highlighting his unwavering commitment to democratic principles and practices. In his tribute, the Olowo did not only express gratitude but also honored the late governor’s legacy as a staunch defender of democratic ideals. at bay the menace.

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