By Abiola Alo, Ado Ekiti
A university don, Prof. Lai Olurode, said the restructuring Nigeria can only work if the whole process will guarantee “a win-win outcome”.
Olurode said national integration seem unachievable in the country because agitations and yearnings of various ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria were not met, there by making her development difficult.
A former National Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission in charge of Ogun, Oyo and Ekiti States spoke while delivering a lecture titled, “Nigeria: Development Conundrum,” at the 6th Annual Symposium of the Muslim Student Society of Nigeria, B Zone in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.
“No one will allow restructuring that gives no gain. It must be a win-win situation. Restructuring is not when you want more money in your pocket, while other parties lose. It must be genuine and foster national unity.
“It should not be punitive; use best examples across the world of systems that thrive in spite of pluralism”, he said.
The renowned Sociologist also suggested that measures should be put in place to educate Nigerians on the issue of religion in order to achieve national integration in the country.
Lamenting that there was a poor management of the country’s plurality as against the warning in Quran 4:1 and 49:13 he held that “the pursuit of social justice is the foundation for resolving developmental conundrum”.
Speaking on the topic, “The Socio-Religious Dimension of National Integration and Sustainable Development in Nigeria, 1978-2017,” a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Dr. Gabriel Jegede, decried lack of proper religious education among Nigerians.
He noted that, “lack of sound and proper religious education is the root of religious intolerance, cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, gangsterism, hate speech, ritual killings and the unwillingness to live peacefully with others” among other anti-social vices.
“These inadequacies are partly responsible for the current threats to unity, cohesion and sustainable development in the country.”
He recommended education as one of the most potent instruments which the government could use to curb the spate of religious violence in Nigeria.
The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti, Most Reverend Felix Femi Ajakaye, in his keynote speech said Nigerians must detoxicate themselves of stereotypes, biases in whatever form – religion, ethnicity, political, to achieve true national integration and development.
The Amir/Zonal Coordinator of MSSN Zone B, Mushafau Alaran, in his welcome address, said the symposium was organised to contribute to national issues.