The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Abiodun Adams, has said that regionalism is the best option for the problems in Nigeria.
According to Adams, before Nigeria can be salvaged, it must rid itself of fundamental and structural imbalances.
He made this assertion m on Friday while speaking at the grand finale of the 2023 edition of the Osun Osogbo festival in Osogbo, Osun State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Adams lamented that Nigeria has passed through difficult moments with various challenges bedevilling the country but added that there is a need for proper cleansing of the political milieu.
He said, “Nigeria must rise above primordial sentiments and ethnic politics. There is a need for a complete overhauling of the structure and system of government. Let the new administration chart a new course by embracing regionalism as a panacea to salvage Nigeria’s future.
“My position on regionalism is based on the ideology whereby the federating units are allowed to develop at their own pace.
“Democracy thrives in a country where the majority of the people have their ways of determining the quality of their lives. Democracy is the best form of government when the leaders place the general good of the people above theirs.
“That is when there is unity, peace and tranquillity in the country. But in a situation where there is prolonged hardship, both economic, social and political tension and insecurity, the purpose of government is defeated.”