A Lagos-based businessman, Mr. Kehinde Alex Bankole, has noted that Nigeria must be restructured without delay to address perceived imbalances in the polity.
Said he: “The political ruling class must go back to the drawing board to fix the various ills within the Nigerian system. This is a time when people must come together and ensure that the obnoxious 1999 constitution which has been giving us various problems is fixed. This is a good avenue for us to realise that this country may not be able to continue like this unless it’s restructured.”
The businessman, at an engagement with journalists recently, lamented that current leaders came to power using restructuring as a campaign tool only for them to turn a blind eye to it when they got the mandate.
He applauded the recent #EndSARS protest by the Nigerian youth, saying the action has shown that the ruling class could no longer continue to take Nigerians for granted.
The business magnate, who is CEO of KAB Construction Limited, asserted that the youths who were once called lazy had woken up from their slumber.
“It is an unambiguous statement from the populace that they have woken up to the fact that the Nigerian ruling elite has failed them and there’s a need for a swift and prompt redress of the abnormalities in the Nigerian condition,” he noted.
He expressed fulfilment that the youth were now rising up to demand their due from the political leaders.
He, however, condemned the activities of miscreants and hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful protest to wreak havoc on innocent Nigerians and their property in many parts of the nation.
In his words, the activities of the hoodlums were a testament to the failure of the political class to see to the welfare of the people. He called on the perpetrators of the violence to be brought to book.
He also sympathised with the families of police officers and innocent Nigerians killed or injured during the violence, even as he urged the Federal Government to improve the welfare of law enforcement agents.
Bankole expressed regrets that some governors and other politicians could be hoarding some palliatives donated by the Federal Government and the private sector to ameliorate the hardship being faced by the masses due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While insisting that the 1999 constitution should be amended, Bankole explained that recent happenings in the nation had laid more emphasis on the need to put in proactive measures to secure the future of the nation as a sovereign and united entity.
The businessman and politician also praised the leadership qualities of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, whom he referred to as his mentor and father.
He stated that his firm would soon be unveiling its latest building project in the country.