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Only true federalism can save Nigeria —Ajimobi


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said only the adoption of true federalism can liberate Nigeria from its current challenges.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Ajimobi said this on Thursday while receiving a delegation of traditional rulers led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, at the Government House, Ibadan.

He said the nation would have achieved a lot in terms of growth and development, if true federalism was being practised.

Ajimobi said, “We are not practising true federalism in Nigeria. The last time we practised it was during the time of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“The issue of federalism has nothing to do with ethnicity but a fight between the wealthy and the poor people.

“The APC promised to practise true federalism but it has yet to do so. I believe that a continuous advocacy for true federalism will definitely yield the desired results soon.’’

On the issue of cattle colony, the governor said his administration would only support ranching.

He said, “Today, many countries across the world do not engage in cattle herding any longer; they have all embraced ranching which has many advantages.

“Herding is a business and everyone who engages in such should make adequate provision for his or her business to grow without involving the Federal Government.

“If we provide land for cattle colony, who will provide land for poultry and pig farmers? In Oyo State, we won’t allow cattle to roam about.’’

On the issue of state police, he noted that the central system of policing was a ruse, adding that most countries have state police.

He decried a situation where governors were described the Chief Security Officers of their respective states but lacked control of the security apparatus.

Ajimobi thanked the Alaafin for being very supportive of his administration.

Earlier, the monarch had commended the governor for raising the bar of governance in the state, urging him to ensure the enthronement of a worthy successor.


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