We Need True Federalism To Reset Nigeria- Olanipekun 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun has  reiterated  that true federalism remains the only option to reset the ailing system in Nigeria.
Speaking on weekend in Ikere-Ekiti, his country home, the legal icon stressed that until the Constitution Amendment accommodates true federalism the security and other challenges confronting the country could not be addressed.
The senior lawyer spoke in his Ikere Ekiti countryhome, on Saturday, while presenting over N30 million cash gift  to students, youths, aged and widows, to mark the  2022 edition of Wole Olanipekun Scholarship and Empowerment Schemes.
Speaking about the state of the nation, Olanipekun said; “We are having this stalemate in the  Constitution Amendment because some  governors expressed reservations that they will only accept the passage if State Police is approved. That is, something like state autonomy.
“I support the governors on this.  Nigeria is the only country that practices democracy, where we have only one Police Formation being controlled from Abuja, and this is failing us, this is wronging the system.
“Let us look at our land mass from Calabar to Kaura Namoda, from  Bayelsa to Borno, how can it be secured by only the federal police? Look at the size of the Southwest, can it be policed by only federal police? Even in Lagos alone, it is wrong to have only one Police Formation.
“Let us look at London, it has London Metropolitan Police. Havard University alone has Havard University Police Department. Looking at all these, why are we different? Why are our people like this? Why are they failing to allow Nigeria to be fully federalised and  democratized?
“Even in the legal profession, we are facing a lot of challenges that started under Gen Sanni Abacha’s era. Abacha took all the juridisdictional powers of the State High Courts and taken to the Federal High Courts through  Decree 7 of 1994. That was the beginning of the problem we are facing today in Nigeria’s legal profession.
“The jurisdiction of the State High Courts is subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal high Courts, even when the Federal High Courts were mere revenue courts. This is a jurisdictional fallacy, it can’t work, it has been failing us.
“The governors views were clear. They are not asking for what is utopian, but what ought to be under an ideal democratic situation. So, I align myself totally with the reservations of these governors”.
According to him  a total of 1,475 persons had benefited from the scholarship and empowerment schemes as at 2021, urged the youths and students to shun Internet fraud, kidnapping, ritual killing  and other vices to safeguard their future.
He  said the  schemes were conceptualised by him 26 years ago to vanish poverty, liberate the people  and propel education among the children of the poor.
The legal Icon, urged the new Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji to place high premium priority on the development of the state’s Infrastructure, Education and Internal Security sectors by strenghening Amotekun corps to provide adequate security and rejuvenate the economy.
In his remarks,  Governor Oyebanji, said he was thrilled by the schemes endowed by Olanipekun, promising to replicate  similar scheme in his Ikogosi Ekiti countryhome to help humanity.
“Government can’t do it alone, I want to appeal to the people of means to help Ekiti to develop education. Whatever you do for humanity is the best. The achievements of any man is measured by the number of those who laugh when his name is mentioned”.
In his lecture titled; “Education, Youth and Community Development’, a Professor of Botany, Prof. Dele Olowokudejo, stressed that Nigerian youths can only be productive and shun vices, if they are educationally and technically empowered by governments, corporate bodies and spirited individuals.

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