An Islamic scholar and founder of Shafaudeen ‘L Islam worldwide, Professor Sabit Olagoke, Friday said that restructuring of Nigeria is the only way to avoid break-up of the country.
Prof. Olagoke dropped this hint in Ibadan while addressing a press conference on the Shafaudeen ‘L Islam Fidunya Wal’akhirat annual International Convention ‘Ishrat 2020 at the Oyo state NUJ Press centre in Ibadan.
The Islamic scholar pointed out that it was glaring that with the agitations and calls for secession by some sections in the country, it is now time for restructuring of Nigeria to address all the grey areas.
“If Federal Government consider the issue of restructuring of Nigeria, I can tell you that those agitating for cesession in some parts of the country will definitely drop it. If we are not going to disintegrate, what are the antidote? That is why we need restructuring”, he said.
Olagoke emphasized that if we fail to make restructuring materialize in the country, it may not augur well for us all as there are series of imbalances in the nation’s system, saying, “look at how much a Senator collecting. We can’t continued to be suffering in the midst of plenty.”
Speaking further, the scholar cautioned those agitating for the break up of Nigeria to threat softy, stressing that they should learn a great lesson from Sudan as well as learn from Brexit.
“We should learn from Sudan, we should learn from Brexit. I have been warning people. The Igbo want to exit, Yoruba too want to go, but we should learn from Sudan, learn from Brexit. Those who want to go is because of development. f we are to break up, we should not allow bloodshed, we must avoid bloodshed. After the break up, every one will look inwards. But, I don’t want secession, I want restructuring to come to the past. All these imbalances will be avoided if we restructure this country.”
The founder of Shafaudeen ‘L Islam Worldwide, lamented that the problem facing the country was as a result of the fact that Nigeria lack “credible leadership”, saying, “leadership problem is what is lacking, Nigerians are good. It is not the followers that is the problem, it is the leaders.
“That is why I said that some of our leaders are artisans. Some of our institutions have to be involved because most of our leaders are artisans. All these people are artisans.”
On the programmes lined up for the annual International conference, Professor Olagoke said the programmes will kick off Saturday, January 11with its opening ceremony with the 22nd Walmat’l Quran validation test ceremony coming up on Sunday January 12, annual stakeholders conference /Interfaith sympossium on Tuesday January, 14 while other programme comes up till Tuesday January, 22.