The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Afenifere, and other pro-democracy activists encouraged Nigerians to put an end to the country’s leadership failure.
They criticized the defective 1999 Constitution’s operation, asking ethnic nations to pursue self-determination in accordance with the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the 1998 African Charter of Peoples Rights.
NADECO Secretary Ayo Opadokun stated that the organization will increase its political and legal battles against the imbalanced federal structure that has persisted to provide one region of the country an unfair benefit at the expense of other constituent units.
Adebanjo said the defective structure does not engender trust and peaceful coexistence, urging stakeholders to intensify the battle for restructuring and true federalism.
He said the flawed system does not foster trust or peaceful coexistence, and he urged stakeholders to accelerate the fight for restructuring and true federalism.
Prof. Adebayo Williams, a renowned scholar, stated that NADECO and Afenifere are still fighting unfinished battles, adding that the country is being held back not only by the ravaging virus but also by leadership failure.
He called for a “festival of leadership regeneration,” lamenting the marginalization of those who struggled for democracy.
Admiral Ndubusi Kanu, the former military governor of Lagos State and NADECO leader till his death, was honored by NADECO and Afenifere chieftains.
He said: “There is still a great struggle ahead. We have not seen the end of military rule. Now, we have two pandemics confronting us as a nation. The first one is the virus. The second is failed leadership.
“I got close to Kanu in 1975. He is a a profound man. He has no time for frivolities. He was a great democrat. We are very proud of him. He led a honourable and distinguished life.”
Williams added: “He was an outstanding naval officer. His celebration should be a rejuvenation of NADECO. Our ranks are peeling. We are waiting for a festival of renewal so that whatever happens, we can take our country back.”
Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso, who represented Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dr. Amos Akingba, Third Republic Chief Whip of the House of Representatives Olawale Oshun, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose, Niyi Owoade, and Tunde Onakoya, were present at the event, which took place at the Austral Hall, Lagis Airport Hotel, Ikeja.
Dr. Fred Agbeyegbe, Juma Agbeyegbe, and Juma Agbeyegbe were also present for the ceremony.
The event, which held at the Austral Hall, Lagis Airport Hotel, Ikeja was witnessed by Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso, who represented Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dr. Amos Akingba, Third Republic Chief Whip of the House of Representatives Olawale Oshun, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose , Niyi Owoade and Tunde Onakoya.
Also at the ceremony were Dr Fred Agbeyegbe, Jumoke Ogunkoyede, Jide Ajilo, Linus Okoroji, Dayo Ogunlana, Akin Omojola, Comrade Popoola Ajayi and Dotun Atilade.
Paying tribute to Kanu, the NADECO secretary played a role in the actualisation of the symbolic handshake across the Niger under the auspices of thd Council for Unity and Understanding (CUU), upon which NADECO was constructed.
Opadokun recalled that said Kanu was hounded, humiliated and dehumanised by the Abacha military regime, adding that his residence in Lagos and Ovim, Abia State, were searched by soldiers who found nothing incriminating with him.
Besides, the secretary lamented that the deceased NADECO chieftain was detained for hours by security agents in Lagos before he was bailed by his widow, Gladys.
Opadokun added:”In spite of all the oppressive measures taken against you, you remained unperturbed and unbowed until this your sudden and difficult to manage departure.”
As a mark of honour, he said NADECO will continue to support legitimate and legal agitations and campaign for self-determination by ethnic nationalities, civil societies and credible opinion moulders.