Leaders of thought, intellectuals, self- determination groups and others in Yorubaland yesterday urged the Federal Government to return the country to regionalism.
They said the government should return to regional system of government operated in the country before the military coup d’état of 1966, before it is too late.
The leaders described the present political, economic and social structures as a marriage of inconvenience which would breed disunity, starvation, underdevelopment and insecurity.
The leaders, led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Aare Onakakafo of Yorubaland Gani Adams, retired Archbishop of Methodist Church Ayo Ladigbolu, retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police Tunji Alapini, eminent scholar Prof. Wale Fatunde, media entrepreneur Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun and others enjoined Southwest states and the Yoruba across the globe to prioritise agriculture.
They said oil, which generates 75 per cent of the country’s revenue, has caused the people more evil than good.
The leaders, who spoke at an interactive conference on food security in Yorubaland, organised by a Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba KO’YA Movement, at Atiba Hall, Oyo town, said unless the governors were empowered to secure citizens, insecurity would continue.
In his speech with the theme: “Protecting Yorubaland”, Oba Adeyemi advised President Muhammadu Buhari to consider implementing the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference, saying the nation’s problems were addressed by the resolutions of the conference.