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Gani Adams As an advocate of restructuring, how do you use your new status to champion the cause? I said it immediately after my proclamation that I will be moderate in my radicalism. But I will continue to agitate for restructuring because that is my background. That is the way to go to liberate Nigerians, it is a cause that can give us peace, a buoyant economy and make us a prosperous nation. So the issue of restructuring does not lie on the Yoruba only, it is for the benefit of Nigerians irrespective of race. Moreover, the Aare Onakakanfo is a statesman’s position, you have to be moderate in your utterances, you need to be careful on how you handle issues. But I am not an agent of the state that will be cowed. I will build a good relationship with the federal, state and local governments across the country. You suggested the merging of the 1960 and 1963 constitutions. What informed this position? So much efforts have been made in the past to restructure Nigeria and, each time you make an effort, the government gives an excuse not to restructure. Initially, the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference would have been a way to solve the problems of this country but there was an excuse from certain quarters, especially from the All Progressives Congress, APC. As a party, it did not support the National Conference. Interestingly, all the governors from the APC states sent representatives and some of their products, who are now senators and members of the House of Representatives, were delegates at the conference. Notwithstanding, if they don’t want to accept the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, we have another option for restructuring. I will not support that Nigeria convenes another conference, it will be an exercise in futility. I believe we have a background. When we got independence in 1960, we had one of the best constitutions that was written by our people; we had another in 1963 and that is the reason I suggested we merge the 1960 and 1963 constitutions. A team of 50 ‘wise men’ should be set up to harmonize the two constitutions so that each region can develop at its own pace.
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