The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has declared that if the agitation for the actualization of the Oduduwa republic will be actualized, women have critical roles to play.
The Monarch declared on Wednesday that historically, women have been known to be schemers and fighters who always achieve whatever they set their minds to do.
The Ooni made the declaration when he hosted some women under the aegis of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
In his words, “Women are not timid, they are warriors. From the Holy Bible, we read how Deborah fought for her people and conquered.
“Moremi fought and delivered the people of Ancient Ife from the Igbomekun who were our deadly adversaries.
“Therefore, women are key to our struggle for self-determination and we must carry them along, going forward.
“Again, I want to say very expressly that If we fail to have the support of our women folks, we are going nowhere.
“Therefore, I welcome you to the source and I wish you well in your visit to other palaces in Yoruba Nation.”
Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has revealed that the Nigerian ruling class is against the restructuring of the country.
He said this on Wednesday in Lagos during the public presentation of the book, “Roundtable Discussion on Economy and Restructuring in Nigeria,” published by the Ilorin-based National Pilot Newspaper.
Adams noted that the reason the ruling class is opposed to restructuring is that the agitation to restructure the country has metamorphosed into self-determination.
He said, “We have graduated from restructuring to self-determination and one of the reasons for this is that the main political bloc in Nigeria is not ready for restructuring.
“We have different types of restructuring, and if Nigeria is to be restructured, we have to go back to the 1960 to 1963 constitutions and learn from how we started as a country.
“We need to embrace regionalism that gives each region the chance to develop at their own pace.”