Oba Lamidi Adeyemi II, the Alaafin of Oyo yesterday, July 10, supported the calls for the restructuring of the nation’s polity.
The monarch who spoke in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, at the launch of a book, titled: Samuel Ladoke Akintola In the Eyes of History warned that the present arrangement will not allow the nation’s components to develop at their pace.
He traced the first Federal Government’s interference in state affairs to the dispute between the late Akintola and the late Obafemi Awolowo, two prominent Yoruba politicians.
He said the interference snowballed into the crisis that occurred in the Southwest and ultimately in the death of Akintola.
The book, written by Femi Kehinde, is a biography and postscript on the late Akintola.
The launch was attended by eminent personalities from the Southwest and other parts of the country, including former Oyo State Governors Omololu Olunloyo and Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Others were: the Orangun of Oke Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, Justice Ladiran Akintola, Prof Bolanle Awe, late Bola Ige’s daughter, Mrs. Funso Adegbola, an ex-police officer who witnessed the killing of S. L. A. Akintola, Chief Olabode as well as his Personal Assistant (PA), Pa. R. A Obaleke.
The publisher of Ovation magazine, Otunba Dele Momodu, delivered the lecture, while Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Festus Adedayo, reviewed the book.
On why restructuring is imperative, Oba Adeyemi said the North was favoured with revenue allocation while more states and local government areas were created in the region.
The monarch said other regions did not enjoy similar opportunity, despite being federating units in the same country.
He said: “The first time the Federal Government interfered in a state’s affairs began when the government at the centre interfered in the feud between Akintola and Awolowo. The government, in support of Akintola, declared a state of emergency in the old Western Region, snowballing into a serious crisis.