Economic activities were paralysed in the Osogbo capital of Osun State on Saturday over the fear of possible violence that may trail the June 12 celebration.
However, Youths under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society (CSOs), Osun State in their scores converged at the popular Oke-Fai roundabout for June 12 rally amid heavy security in the state capital before they terminated it at Aurora Event Center for a lecture.
The youths started converging around 7:30am beside the patrol vehicle of DSS, Amotekun and NSCDC with banners and placards demanding for better Nigeria and for a country that works for all.
One of the leaders of the Youths, Comrade Waheed Saka, said, “We can not ruin the economic activities of our state all in the name that some secessionist agitators want to protest. We are here today to demand a better country that works for all, we want a secure environment.”
A group, The People’s Front led by Charles Adeyemi, gathered at FOMWAN area in Iragbiji, Osun State to Mark the June 12 celebration urging Nigerians to sought after renegotiation of Nigeria unity instead of clamouring for secession. “Nigeria is better as one, if the contrary happens then the labour of our hero and nationalists is in vain.”
In a programme organized by the Osun State Government in collaboration with Osun Civil Society Coalition, the former Ambassador to the Philippines, Dr Yemi Farounbi, in his lecture tagged: ” The making of a Nation and Nigeria Democracy in Progress(Issues and Perspectives) said, “Federal Government is overburden by irrelevance like the issuance of marriage certificate, stamp duties and many others. Under the 1963 Constitution the federal government has 32 items in the exclusive list but today they have 68, they take 52 per cent of the money and 36 states take only 26 per cent.
There should be a new revenue allocation so that the state can have more money.”
“Sadly, 1993 election remain the fairest and the best and we should be ashamed that our best is in the past as a nation. We should be ashamed that we have not lived up to the standard that we set for ourselves 27 years ago and we have not been able to repeat that feat, we have not been able to improve on it. Part of what made the 1993 constitution to be like that was an open ballot system.
“Time past is a time present and time future is a time past but time past and present will tell the future. We should look back and see what we can repeat. The greatest problem we have is political recruitment. Elections are one pillar of democracy but not core. A free and fair election doesn’t guarantee good governance. The parties must be assisted, mobilised, motivated that they presented good candidates. That is when we can be talking about dividends of democracy.”
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in his address said the absence of strong institutions, equity, justice, political will and fairness was responsible for Nigeria’s wobbled nationhood and democracy.
He stressed that the country must find the courage to institute these virtues and values in its polity to build a strong, virile and prosperous nation desired by the citizens.
Meanwhile, low turnout marked the “Buhari Must Go” protest in the Osogbo capital of Osun State. Youths numbering about 11 gathered around the Oke-Fia roundabout at 10:35 AM with banners, placards and two of them were sharing hand flyers to enlighten passersby.
Their demands are: reduce the bogus salaries of politicians, Justice for ENDSARS victims, Abolish 1999, End Insecurity End Terrorism and Banditry constitution, Free all detained activists* Reverse electricity tariff, End ASUP Strike, Revert fuel price and stop further increment, Reverse party Deregistration, Pantami must go and Buhari Must Go.