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NADECO: Why Nigerians should halt leadership failure

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Afenifere, and other pro-democracy crusaders on Tuesday urged Nigerians to place an end to leadership failure within the country.

They also criticised the operation of the flawed 1999 constitution, urging ethnic nationalities to accentuate their pursuit of self-determination as enshrined within the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and 1998 African Charter of Peoples Rights.

Chief Ayo Opadokun, Secretary-General of NADECO, said the organisation will intensify its political and legal campaigns against the lopsided federal structure that has continued to confer undue advantage on a section of the country to the detriment of other component units.

Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said the defective structure doesn't engender trust and peaceful coexistence, urging stakeholders to accentuate the battle for restructuring and true federalism.

Eminent scholar, Prof Adebayo Williams, said NADECO and Afenifere have unfinished battles, adding that the state is been retarded by the ravaging virus and leadership failure.

Lamenting that those that fought for democracy had been sidelined, he involved what he describes as a festival of leadership renewal.

NADECO and Afenifere chieftains converged to pay tribute to the previous governor of Lagos State, Admiral Ndubusi Kanu, who until his demise was NADECO leader.

The event, which was held at the Austral Hall, Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, was witnessed by Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner, Gbenga Omotoso, who represented Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Dr Amos Akingba, Third Republic Chief Whip of the House of Representatives; Olawale Oshun, Mrs Jumoke Anifowose, Niyi Owoade and Tunde Onakoya.

Also at the ceremony were Dr Fred Agbeyegbe, Jumoke Ogunkoyede, Jide Ajilo, Linus Okoroji, Dayo Ogunlana, Akin Omojola, Comrade Popoola Ajayi and Dotun Atilade.

Paying tributetoKanu, the NADECO secretary said he played a task within the actualisation of the symbolic handshake across the Niger under the auspices of the Council for Unity and Understanding (CUU), upon which NADECO was constructed.

Opadokun recalled that Kanu was hounded, humiliated and dehumanised by the Abacha military regime, adding that his residence in Lagos and Ovim, Abia State, were searched by soldiers who found nothing incriminating with him.

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