Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor, has said he cannot support calls for secession in the country because his wife is from the South-east.
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Akeredolu said this when the Senate Committee on the Review of 1999 Constitution paid him a courtesy visit in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.
The committee was led by Professor Ajayi Borrofice, the deputy senate majority leader and senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District.
The committee is in Ondo to hold a public hearing on the review of the 1999 constitution (As amended).
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The event is billed to hold at the International Centre for Culture and Event (DOME), on Wednesday in Akure.
Akeredolu, in his welcome address to the lawmakers, said people are losing confidence in the entity called Nigeria because a number of issues have been allowed to linger for too long.
He, therefore, urged the senators to listen to public complaints during the public hearing.
“My circumstance cannot make me believe in secession. My wife is from the South-East. My sons married from other regions outside South-West.
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“But strong points have been made. Everybody wants to see fairness, federalism. Those are the areas. Is this how to run a federal government? Is it an inclusive one? How do we have fair representation? People are worried.
“This constitution review, your efforts, I pray it should be accepted. Our people believe that there must be dialogue. People are saying we want national dialogue. How we convoke it, I don’t know. I believe those are issues we must look at”, Akeredolu said.
The governor, who noted that people are already frustrated, stressed that the incessant crises between the farmers and herders cannot be overlooked in the course of the public hearing.
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“It is not easy to wish herders/farmers clash away. Our people are on the edge. What are we saying about police? Are we stressing multi-level policing? Are we talking about state police? I believe opportunities are there for us in this country,” he added.
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