Renowned rights activist, Joe Okei-Odumakin has urged Nigerian leaders to commence the process of restructuring backed by a constitutional framework.
The President of Women Arise revealed that restructuring was her husband’s last word before he died. Okei-Odumakin spoke at the 1st Anniversary of Mohammed Fawehinmi Lecture and Book Presentation held in Lagos on Thursday.
“Restructuring, the last word on my husband’s breath, is the road to Nigeria’s revival. Without restructuring, we cannot remove the federal failures afflicting us”, NAN quoted her saying.
Her spouse, Yinka Odumakin, former spokesperson of pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, passed away in April, 2021. Okei-Odumakin said deliberate restructuring would change the fortunes of Nigeria and create trustworthy leadership.
She noted that the current system is sustained by election rigging, census manipulations and corruption “which brings proceeds in sinful rewards”.
Okei-Odumakin, charged Nigerians to get their Permanent Voters’ Cards, vote and defend their votes on election days. The activist further advocated the increase of women representation at various federal and state positions.
She said in the House of Representatives, out of 360 members, only 18 are women (4.61 percent), while the Senate has 8 women out of 109 members (7.34 percent).
“Why are women good to lead only until elections and benched afterwards when the spoils are shared?”, Okei-Odumakin quipped.