SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, (THEWILL) – The running mate to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 election, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has faulted Northern Elders who are opposed to the call for the restructuring of Nigeria, noting that they have deviated from the principles of the founding fathers of the region.
He stated this on Friday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, at an event organised to mark the 50th year anniversary of the assassination of the first military governor of the defunct Western Region, Lt.-Col. Adekunle Fajuyi.
Bakare warned that any anti-restructuring position taken by the North would bring to the court of historical opinion the sincerity of the motives of the perpetrators of the counter coup that led to the death of Fajuyi in 1966.
According to him, “The elders of the North, who today are opposed to the call to restructure Nigeria, have deviated from the ideals of the founding fathers of Northern Nigeria like the late Sir Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa. They were forerunners of Fajuyi in the Nigerian hall of martyrdom.
“Lest we forget, these great Nigerian leaders from the North made it clear in the series of constitutional conferences that heralded Nigeria’s independence that true federalism with regional autonomy was the only condition under which they would exist within a Nigerian nation.”
The activist cleric, who clarified that the call for restructuring was a demand for true federalism, said, “It is 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 to ever live which says ‘do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.’
“Our current leaders must find courage in heroic deeds of Fajuyi, they must find courage to restructure and to reconcile aggrieved sections within the nation,” the General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly added.