Uphold Akintola’s believe of oneness – Prof Oshuntokun

Oshuntokun urges Nigerians to uphold Akintola’s believe of oneness

A University Don, Prof Akinjide Osuntokun has appealed to all Nigerians to embrace the principles of one Nigeria as it was been canvassed by the late former Premier of Western Nigeria, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola.

He stated that if Nigeria wants to progress as a nation there is need for all to asundry to shun tribalism and enshrew the spirit of oneness.

Osuntokun spoke while delivering a lecturer at the Samuel Ladoke Akintola 2014 memorial lecture, held at Akintola compound, Ogbomosho, Oyo State yesterday.

Prof Oshuntokun

Prof Oshuntokun

According to him, Late Chief Akintola in a brutally frank way made it quite clear that Nigeria belongs to all of us and that a policy of exclusiveness and nepotism manifested by one group will not help the country.

The emeritus professor from Redeemers University pointed out that the constitution of the second republic which came into force on October 1, 1979, has further confirmed Akintola’s belief of team work, adding that the constitution makes it obligatory for the president to see that cabinet members represent all the states and reflect the federal albeit ethnic structure of Nigeria.

He went on that:” The kind of blind alley into which the holier than thou policies of the Action Group led the people of Western Nigeria between 1959 and 1964 is not likely to happen again because it is constitutionally impossible. Nigerian leaders have learned from the lessons of the Action Group crises and the Civil war.

Osuntokun asserted that no single party can dominate Nigeria, stating that:” Nigeria is unlike a good number of other African countries in the sense that control of the visible apparatus of state does not necessarily ensure that there will be peace nor that the populace will acquiesce on what is patently wrong.

“Chief Akintola touched on sensitive issues but his lasting contribution was to make Nigerians aware that the problem of the inequitable distribution of national resources does exist and that something must be done about it, if the political entity and pluralist state of Nigeria is to survive. Each ethnic group must have control of its God given land and the question of a common citizenship must not over ride the rights of indigenes in their own land”

In his own remark, Vice-President , Arch Mohammed Namadi Sambo who was represented by former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala lamented that after 50 years that Chief Akintola has canvassed for the unity of the country, Nigeria is still yet to achieve oneness.

He noted this portrays a great danger for the future of the country.

“The Yorubas are been sidelined because we are not close to the government of the day. We need to embrace the unity of this country irrespective of where we come from if we want to progress as a nation” Akala said

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