Notable leaders of the southwest region of Nigeria have reiterated the need for Power devolution, true federalism and a decentralized approach to addressing insecurity in the country.
The Yoruba leaders spoke at the 4th edition of Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC) Annual Public Lecture, held in Lagos on Thursday.
The theme of the public lecture; Insecurity in Nigeria, the place of justice and equity, which seeks to address the prevailing security challenge in Nigeria was addressed by the Guest Speaker, Chief. Femi Falana (SAN), who spoke via zoom and Dr. (Mrs) Olubunmi Ademosu who was in attendance.
Chief Falana, who was a Guest Speaker at the event, while delivering his lecture emphasized the need for a constitution change and the return of Nigeria to a true federating unit. He highlighted the role of justice and equity in building the confidence of the citizenry, thereby aiding them to play their role in the security of lives and properties.
Keynote Speaker, Dr. (Mrs) Ademosu harped on the need for unity and devolution of power as a panacea to the various challenges Nigeria is faced with as a Nation. She also shared the opinion that Nigeria is overdue for a return to true federalism.
Leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, who served as the Father of the day appreciated the thoughtfulness of the youth group in rallying Yoruba youths for National discourse and development. He urged them never to relent in positioning themselves for the developmental task ahead.
Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye in his address expressed the need for local government autonomy as a effective means to avert the current security challenge. He opined that insecurity can be better addressed from our respective domain.
Deputy Governor of Ondo State,Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who represented the Ondo State Govenror, while responding on behalf of the Governor who was awarded the Akoni Oodua for his bravery and leadership he provided in tackling insecurity in the Southwest appreciated the group and encourage them to continue the giant stride of unitying the youth populace.
Kegite Club of Nigeria were equally represented at the event.