Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos state governor on Tuesday, September 26, unveiled a 20-feet statue of the late sage and nationalist, Obafemi Awolowo,in Ikeja.
Speaking on Nigeria’s restructuring, the governor at the unveiling of the statue said the party’s position, as stipulated in its manifesto, seeks to amend the Nigeria constitution with a view to devolving powers to states and local governments.“In the same corollary, the position of Lagos State on restructuring remains the same as stipulated in the manifesto of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, which states that “The APC shall initiate action to amend our constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to states and local governments in order to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit. Hence, we welcome the restructuring committee of the APC presently going round the country,”he said.
Ambode, while hosting members of the Awolowo family at the Lagos House residence in Ikeja, said new generation leaders have a lot to learn from the ideals and principles of Awolowo.
“I think Papa lived above his time, he was way ahead his ideals and principles. If you talk about public discourse right now, thirty years after, the things people are talking about are true federalism and devolution of powers and state supremacy, there are things that he had actually answered to,but people were not able to put the questions together and also to process it because of the way that Nigeria had being divided into craters and valleys“If there is anything I really want to do which I had spoken about in terms of this political journey is to touch humanity and the only example that I could see that had greater vision than anybody else is in more or less everything that Papa Awolowo stood for.
So, in my own small way, I am tryingto emulate, but it’s a photocopy, it’s not original, but again the ideals are the same; to strive for a better Nigeria and then to carry the Yoruba people as the real power horse for the Nigerian growthand development,”he said.
Meanwhile, a former Nigerian head of state Yakubu Gowon said Nigeria wassaved from breakingup by the late Obafemi Awolowo.
Gowon said the late leader saved Nigeria from the civil war that lasted between 1967 and 1970.
He said this while speaking during the 2017 Obafemi Awolowo Memorial Lecture and posthumous birthday organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation in Lagos.