Nigeria needs system and constitutional restructuring—Ogunsetan, Lagos fiery lawyer

He proffered solutions that "If evolutionary process fails, revolutionary method may come into play. But then, the revolutionaries must acknowledge that war has gone beyond shouting on the field and flashing of the swords. Physical strength has no role to play in a modern battlefield and the effects of a modern conflict can affect unborn generations who are actually noncombatants."

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Lukman Ogunsetan, a legal practitioner, Lagos fiery lawyer and an Ikirun-born Iwo indigene has advised Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho to be very guided in his dealings. Ogunsetan said “Sunday Igboho is not being guided. His approach is crude, very crude and deeply concerning”.

He called on well-meaning Nigerians to be at the forefront of battle. According to him “It is time the intellectuals take over the crusade. Everyone has a role to play in a society. He is extremely good as a hand to supply the brawn but bad as a leader and very very bad as an ambassador of a civilized race making a case for a country to call theirs”.

He further said that “Nigeria has disappointed us, yes. Nigeria is disappointing everyone, we concur. How to go about the Nigerian question is the issue. You don’t just wake up one day, intoxicated by virtual following on the social media, your acclaimed toughness and the mythical invincibility of your person, to make an ex cathedra pronouncement that Yoruba is no longer part of Nigeria. We say quo warranto? Assuming his wish is granted right now, what next? I am sure he has no foggiest idea of how to build a country.” On a more serious note and beyond emotions, nation building can be evolutionary or revolutionary. We really don’t know the problem with Nigeria. The peoples of Nigeria have been marrying across tribal divides for centuries, they have settled in tribal areas other than theirs for centuries. I make bold to say that in Nigeria of today, no city, no town, no village and no hamlet however remote, is a completely homolingual community yet, it has been terribly difficult for a Nigerian state to evolve. The reason for this is better left for the sociologists to research. Why Nigerians remain so nepotistic, especially in the distribution of opportunities is a question only psychologists can decipher.

He proffered solutions that “If evolutionary process fails, revolutionary method may come into play. But then, the revolutionaries must acknowledge that war has gone beyond shouting on the field and flashing of the swords. Physical strength has no role to play in a modern battlefield and the effects of a modern conflict can affect unborn generations who are actually noncombatants.”

The development of lethal weapons capable of mass destruction not only of persons but also of cities makes revolutionary approach to a nation building a delicate affair. Modern trend is to put pressure on the existing state or international community to organise and supervise a referendum in an area where the people desire a new country. And who says the majority of the inhabitants of the area will say yes? The silent majority in Scotland said no and defeated the vociferous minority to remain in Great Britain. But if the majority say yes, a process can then be set in motion for divorce without distress, boundaries will be delineated, and assets and liabilities shared. The other method is guerilla warfare as the IRA has been doing in Britain for decades, but what has come out of it? Nation building is a structural process, a multi-dimensional concept in which people are galvanised to believe in a shared vision of a future, a future of prosperity in perpetuity. Such a task can only be undertaken by fine minds and not by a bull in a chinaware shop.

“What we really need in Nigeria is restructuring. Our system of government, especially our constitution needs to be revisited. A multiethnic nation where tribal allegiances are as strong as that of Nigeria cannot be run under a unitary system of government. We must sit down and discuss Nigeria. We must act to nip in the bud the consequence of an avoidable catastrophe.” he Said.

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