A former Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Christopher Kolade, has called on all Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable.
Kolade spoke on Wednesday in Lagos at the ‘Voice of Reason Town Hall Meeting with National and State House of Assembly Candidates in the South-West Region.’
Kolade said, “If we elect somebody to go and represent us; to go and govern a state or whatever it is, the only right we have is to hold them accountable for the performance of that responsibility.
“It is only when we do that that structures can work because a structure is based on the performance of certain responsibilities.
“Restructuring may be appropriate, but we must recognise that within structures, there are certain responsibilities that must be carried and the individuals that have volunteered to represent us must keep faith with us.”
In his paper titled, ‘Imperative of Restructuring and the Needs for a New Constitution for Nigeria,’ the keynote speaker, Dr Akin Fapohunda, said Yoruba culture and traditions must be strengthened to enhance progress.
He said, “The Yorubas were shortchanged during Olusegun Obasanjo era through nebulous patriotism that is not grounded in reality. If the Jonathan era was insolent in its quest to deliberately insult the sensibilities of the Yoruba nation, the Buhari regime has become an anticlimax in the way the feelings of all Nigerians are being trampled upon with impunity,” Fapounda said.
The Chairman of Voice of Reason, Dr Olufemi Adegoke, said Yorubaland must be given more share in the power equation of the country.