Abuja - An assembly of Yoruba Leaders of Thought from South-West, Nigeria, has implored the Nigerian government to roll out a comprehensive economic plan to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, reflate the economy and create employment opportunities.
The leaders met on Tuesday in Akure, the Ondo State capital where they deliberated on the economic issues affecting the country.
The meeting held at the newly built Ondo State event centre named Dome was attended by representatives of various Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisations like Afenifere, Yoruba Unity Forum, Agbekoya and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC)under the theme: ‘Economic Downturn and Unemployment in Yorubaland.’
The leaders decried the harsh economic situation, saying there was massive unemployment and that the country was faced with fuel shortages.
They noted that the country’s economy had collapsed due to the sharp decline in oil revenue.
However, they affirmed that this might not be possible without changing the 1999 Constitution because as it prevented the federating units from exploring the resources under their soils.
The leaders called for a meeting of all major stakeholders across the country in order to fashion out an agenda for co-operation that would leverage on the economic strength of each state to create a conducive atmosphere for entrepreneur to tap the resources across the states.
The leaders also observed the protracted agitation by the indigenous people of Biafra for a republic and urged true federal government to critically look into the causes behind separatist feelings.
The leaders insisted that the government must initiate constitutional reforms to give a sense of belonging to all the constituent units of the country.
Notable Yoruba leaders that attended the event included Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, former Secretary to the Federal Government (SFG), Olu Falae, Seinde Arogbofa, Ayo Adebanjo, Olanihun Ajayi.
Others were leader of Yoruba Unity Forum, Rt Revd Bolanle Gbonigi, Raji Rasaki, Dr Yemi Farounbi, Gani Adams, Bola Doherty, Kunle Olajide, Hon Oladosu Ladipo and Yinka Odumakin among others.