Elder Statesmen Speak on State of the Nation

A chieftain of Afenifere social-cultural group and elder Statesman, Chief Ayodele Adebanjo, has said Nigeria’s major problem is associated with its constitution and charged leaders to change it before the next general elections.

Adebanjo stated this while speaking at a virtual conference organized by Igbo think-tank, Nzuko Umunna, in partnership with Ovation International and Njenje Media.
Adebanjo, who spoke on the theme: The Second never again conference: 51 years after the Nigerian-Biafran Civil war, noted that if there is no restructuring, there will be no Nigeria.

According to him, “Our problem is our constitution; we need to go back to where we started in 1960. We have a fraudulent constitution, and there are some who are benefiting from it”.

While reacting to a comment made by Nnamdi Kanu, Adebanjo insisted that the constitution should be Amended. In his words: “Fulani’s are the one killing people in the country. We need to amend the constitution. No restructuring no Nigeria. Change the constitution now”.

Meanwhile, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, a renowned nationalist and first minister of Aviation, has on his part said Nigeria has to start all over again. He started this while criticizing the poor state of the country.

He also emphasized a need for a new constitution since the country has differed from the necessary form.
Amechifurther noted, “I am sad. This is no longer the country we founded. This country has to start all over again. You can’t beat someone and ask him not to cry. If you don’t like us, let us go. I don’t want to go. I believe in one Nigeria”.

On his part, Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, describing it as a failed one.
He blasted the President for being economical with the truth amid security challenges affecting the nation.

According to him, “As regards the statement made by the President concerning security in the country generally and northeast, I think President Muhammadu Buhari has been economical with the truth.
“First, I believe within this week. There are three or four attacks. And any leader who can give himself a pass mark not to talk of the half, when the situation on the ground is the reverse is not sincere or honest with people of this country.

“Nobody likes conflicts, lack of security, but it is unbearable for leaders to invent lies to give himself credits for what he has not done, and for which he cannot claim credit for.
“Also, it does not add any value or credibility to the government, the party, military, and the President himself.

“In the words of former President Lincoln, once a leader has lost the confidence of the citizens, he can never regain it.
Junaid concluded by saying you can deceive some of the people some of the time, you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot succeed by deceiving all the people.

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