Ado-Ekiti- Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said a review of
federal revenue sharing formula is the only panacea to the growing
ethnic-based tensions in the country.
The governor also called on the Federal Government to dialogue with
the leader of the Independent People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, instead of
muzzling him and his group
Fayose, who made the statement on Sunday, advised the Federal
Government to be equitable, fair and just to all sections of the
country, especially, the Igbo people, whom he said had been grossly
Condemning the October 1 ultimatum issued to Igbo by some northern
youth leaders to leave the North, the governor said the federal
government must take steps that will address the agitation of the
He said, “As much as secession is not an option, the handlers of our democracy must be equitable, fair and just to everyone.
“The igbo have continued to suffer because of the perceived role of
Emeka Ojukwu. If we say past governments didn’t do well what has the
present government done differently?
“I agree that secession is not desirable but there must be justice
and equity. When people are being killed or villified, you must expect a
reaction. No region should begin to use power to oppress another. If
Nigeria is truly one, it will not get to a stage that one region will
openly call on another to leave its land.
“The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is doing his best but that is not
enough. We must remember that those who make positive change impossible
make violent change inevitable. A situation where a section will be
suffering forever because of their role in the civil war is not fair.”
Suggesting the way forward, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic
Party’s Governors Forum called for a review of “the revenue sharing
formula because it is not a true reflection of our collective interest.
For the country to move forward the states should takeover
He also urged the federal governments to dialogue with Kanu and release other members of the IPOB in detention.
“The Federal Government must purge itself of some responsibilities
because the actual development is at grassroots. The states and the
local governments are nodal points of developments.
“The Federal Government should dialogue with the aggrieved and forge
ahead. Using force will not help because some of those things they
thought had died in the past are now rearing their ugly heads.
“It is no doubt that (Nnamdi) Kanu is representing the interest of
the younger generation of Igbo. Instead of fighting him, they should
release them and invite him for a dialogue.
“His struggle has become an ideological movement with massive
followers irrespective of what some people are telling the Federal
Government to curry a favour, which is momentarily. By the action of
this government they have made Kanu more popular.
“Without mincing words, the present government has divided Nigeria
more than ever. It is the legitimate right of the people to agitate if
they feel they are wrongly treated. You can’t get peace where there is
“Nigeria belongs to all of us. It is the wish of some people that an
Igbo man does not become the president but this is against the spirit
and letters of our constitution.”