Let’s Restructure Nigeria Now,YCE Tells Tinubu

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has called on President Bola Tinubu to restructure the country now, using the report of the 2014 National Conference as a template.

The council made the call after a meeting held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.

Full statement of YCE is as presented hereunder:


On Saturday 18th November, 2023 the Global Executive Council of the Council of Yoruba Elders (CYE) met, while on Sunday the 19th November, 2023, the General Assembly also met to discuss on the state of Nigeria as it affects Yorubaland and its people.

Some of the issues discussed at both meetings bordered on the following premises:

    We reviewed the state of the economy and it is very lamentable that the suffering the masses are passing through is fast becoming unbearable so much that the rate of deaths by suicide due to hunger and hopelessness is quite unprecedented in the history of this country.
    A lot of reports reaching our office on daily basis regarding the effect of the renewed Fulani herdsmen attacks on our farmers, the ravaging of our farmers’ plantation fields, the abductions of our people for ransom by bandits and the indiscriminate killings of our people, most especially in Ondo and Oyo states respectively, have become a sort of nightmare to us.

It was a kind of relief for us when we witnessed reduction in the menace immediately after the government changed hands in May, 2023, but quite unfortunately, what we are witnessing now is a resurgence in a high profile.

It is also an understatement to say armed robbers are literally on rampage in the land.

    The rate at which inflation on foods and general goods and services is sky rocketing is very much disturbing to the nerves so much that deaths by hunger are no more news to the ears.
    The rate of unemployment in the country has literally become paradoxically a norm and terribly alarming. So, out of sheer hopelessness for our youths at securing employments, they find solace or alternative means of survival in yahoo businesses, kidnapping of their fellow citizens for ransom and several other criminal activities.
    What we discovered to be the chief instrument of economic elevation and goods and services productions is the regular supply of electricity which has become almost a mirage in the country.
    For all that is obvious, since the so-called fuel subsidy was removed by the government, the loop effect has been too much telling on the general economic life of the people. And yet, all efforts by the government to ease the hardship have not effected any positive change in the lives of the people, but rather, excruciating agony.
    Without any gainsaying, Nigeria does not have any credible instrument of statistics to record deaths and the agents of deaths in this country. But for that, the rate of deaths by the people’s unaffordability of access to good health care services due to lack of fund to pay in the hospitals and the right medical instruments with which to treat the patients in the hospitals would have adequately gauged the number of deaths in this country. This is very lamentable and highly depressing.

While the masses are dying of inaccessibility to good health care services, our government’s public servants for mere headache travel abroad at ease for medical treatments.

    First and foremost, we want to use this occasion to congratulate our own, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his eventual victory over all trials to become the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. May your time be eventful and bring succour to our people.

Now, as the new voice for the Yoruba people of Yorubaland, we cannot feign ignorance of the cries our people are inundating us with on daily basis. What is, therefore, the way out for our people in Yorubaland suffering in the midst of plenty?

    While we appreciate the efforts of our kinsman President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the helms of affairs in Nigeria today towards turning things around, all thanks to Nuhu Ribadu, one of the mouthpieces of the President, who made us to know that the liabilities this government inherited is humongous. Needless to say, as a truism we are all witnesses to the accumulated governmental heaps of rots over the decades that have sent this country to the gaol in which we all agonise today. The issue now is; for how long will the highly progressive and intellectual Yoruba people who have all it takes to rise beyond the sky with all the boundless human and natural resources God has endowed us with suffer the hopelessness eating us comatose? Hence our resolve that Yoruba people must begin to think outside the box on the ways out of the extant quagmire for the betterment of our lives.

Thus, what we arrive at at the meetings in question is the renewed call for the restructuring of the country so that we can begin to harness our intellectual and other resources endowed us with by God to give a better life to our people as we so had in the era of regionalism when Obafemi Awolowo proved a god to the people of Western Region before Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi came and turned us to beggars for monthly allocations at the centre which is our main bane today.

Now, we of this COUNCIL OF YORUBA ELDERS (CYE) have determined to change the tide for the total turn-around of our situation by clamouring anew for the restructuring of the country whose agitation President Tinubu was very much part of before he became the president.

We, therefore, resolved that the only way out of the geo-political bastardy and economic menace we are battling with in the country is the restructuring of the country whose renewed efforts we are launching out today.

  1. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, this one thing we request of you:
    In the year 2014, the then President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the 492-member Nigeria’s National Conference to determine or negotiate the continued existence of Nigeria which some silly minds regarded as non-negotiable. The Confab was headed by the then Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, and deputised by our own star man, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi. About N10 billion was said to have been sunk into the charade. Wait a minute; is it truly a charade? Yes, that was how former President Muhammadu Buhari saw it which was why he swept the report under the carpet. But do the members of the Confab agree to Buhari’s position? We do not think they should.

This is why the Council of Yoruba Elders is now calling on all the delegates of Yoruba extraction who took part in the Confab to rise in unison, excavate the report, put it on the table for us to examine and see how much it will benefit the progressive Yoruba people.

We, therefore, call on the following patriots to re-position themselves for the challenge of forming a mass body of committee for the restructuring of Nigeria on behalf of the Yoruba people.

We thus pay homage to the patriotic minds who sacrificed their time for the Confab.

  1. Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi
  2. Dr Tunji Braithwaite
  3. Chief Ayo Adebanjo
    4.Chief Richard Akinjide
  4. Chief Olu Falae
  5. Erelu Olusola Obada
  6. Chief Afe Babalola SAN
  7. Gen. Raji Rasaki
  8. Mr. Raphael O. Osanaiye
  9. Barr. Samuel Adetuyi (CP Rtd.)
  10. Chief Babatunde Ala
  11. HRH. Oba Michael Gbadebo Adedeji JP CON Ariyowonye Owaoye of Okemesi
  12. HRM Oba Arc. Aderemi A. Adedapo, Alayemoro of Ido Osun
  13. Mr. Akin Arikawe
  14. Mr. Promise Adewusi
  15. Mr. Isa Aremu
  16. Mr. Michael Olukoya
  17. Mr. Olasanye Oyinkan
  18. Mr. Sunday Olusoji Salako
  19. Mr. Olakunle Olanrewaju Olaitan
  20. Chief Kola Jamodu
  21. Mr. Ajani James Olawale
  22. Mr. Yinka Gbadebo
  23. Mr. Olayinka Dada
  24. Mr. Kasim Akande
  25. Mrs. Mosunmola Umoru
  26. Mrs. Remi Kuku
  27. Chief Mrs. Anthonia Balogun
  28. Chief Mrs. Temitope Ajayi
  29. Mrs. Felicia Sanni
  30. Hajiya Bola Shagaya
  31. Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja
  32. Commodore Olabode George Rtd.
  33. Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede
  34. Pastor Emmanuel Bosun
  35. Mr. Femi Falana SAN
  36. Dr. Abiola Akinyode
  37. Mr. Wale Okuniyi
  38. Mrs. Bisi Olateru Olagbegi
  39. Mr. Steve Aluko
  40. Mr. Adebayo Oladimeji
  41. Barr. Ayodele Adekanmbi
  42. Mr. Lanre Ogundipe
  43. Senator Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele
  44. Mr. Supo Sonibare
  45. Sir Olaniwun Ajayi
  46. Dr. Adetokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu
  47. Chief Ajibola Ogunsola
  48. Barr. Niyi Akintola SAN
  49. Mr. Yinka Odumakin
  50. Senator Anthony Adefuye
  51. Senator Femi Okuronmu
  52. Hon. Salvador Adegoke Moshood
  53. Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa
  54. Dr. Amos Akingba
  55. Chief Gani Adams
  56. Dr. Femi Obayori
  57. Pastor Tunde Bakare
  58. Engr. Senator Adefemi Kila
  59. Dr. Segun Aina
  60. Arc. Waheed Niyi Brimmo
  61. Senator (Chief) Felix Kolawole Bajomo
  62. Mr. Johnson Oludeinde Oluata
  63. Dr. Rotimi Oladele
  64. Mrs. Bunmi Oke
  65. Prof. Olu Ajakaiye
  66. Prof. Oyewale Tomori
  67. Justice G. A. Oguntade
  68. Chief Olusegun Osoba
  69. Senator Iyabo Anisulowo
  70. Hon. Abdussalam Taofik Olawale
  71. Gen. Alani Akinrinade
  72. Prof. Olawale Albert
  73. Prof. Akin Oyebode
  74. Prof. (Mrs.) Bisi Aina
  75. Bishop Felix Ajakaye
  76. Chief Olusola Akanmode
  77. Mrs. Wosilat Marcarthy
  78. Mr. Supo Sasore SAN
  79. Prof. Tunde Samuel
  80. Osinowo-Bashorun
  81. Mr. Fola Adeola
  82. Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi
  83. Prof. (Mrs.) Titi Filani
  84. Dr. (Mrs.) Yemi Mahmud-Fasominu
  85. Prof. N. Oluwafemi Mimiko
  86. Chief Gbadegesin Adedeji
  87. Chief Femi Akande
  88. Mrs. Bola Ogunrinmade
  89. Prof. Ganiyu Raji
  90. Chief Sola Ebiseeni

May the souls of the departed ones among them rest in peace.

So, let the conversation begin from now.

Should President Tinubu offer to excavate the report of the confab towards the restructuring of the country, he would have turned out the best president Nigeria ever had.

We, therefore, call on all other nationalities to join us on this exercise of re-positioning the country into a more prospective arrangement which will benefit us all on the long run.

Let the journey begin today.


*Dr. Victor Taiwo

*Mr. Lanre Ogundipe
Publicity Secretary