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Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by dre11(m): 5:09pm On Apr 15
“These 12 states were created with the agreement of the political leadership at the time. So if we had allowed the 12 states structure to endure, Nigeria as a country would grow beyond its present sorry state.”





Lateef Femi Okunnu, a former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, says it is "rubbish" for members of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to ask for slots in the cabinet of the Lagos State government.

He also said Nigeria must return to the 12-state structure for proper power balancing and effective restructuring.

The 86-year-old elder statesman said this in an interview with The Sun newspaper.

Okunnu, who served between 1966 to 1975, under the regime of Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former military head of State, said Gowon created 12 states after the civil war to create balance across the region.

“Gowon created 12 states from the existing four regions. Let me say this quickly about the 12 states structure, which I have been advocating should be restored in our effort to restructure the country.

“Part of the agitations that led to the civil war was the size of the North, that it was too large, not only in size but also in population. For true federalism to endure, you need proper balancing and that was what Gowon did, following agitation for state creation.

“He created six states out of the Northern region in concurrence with the political leadership of the North. I was privileged to be a member of the ad hoc Constitutional conference in late 1966 after the second coup, which Gowon set up to bring all the regions together.

“There was the North Central State-Kaduna, Katsina and the likes and there was the North Western State- Sokoto and the likes, so six there, right, and then six in the South.

“We had the Western State: Osun, Ogun, Oyo and Ondo. So, the Afenifere shouting for Oduduwa State lost the chance by allowing the Western State to be broken into pieces.

“We also had the Eastern State. They also lost their chance to have a state for the mostly speaking Igbo Nigerians. We had the Rivers State and the Mid-Western State.

“These 12 states were created with the agreement of the political leadership at the time. So if we had allowed the 12 states structure to endure, Nigeria as a country would grow beyond its present sorry state.”

He also rejected the involvement of cultural groups in Nigeria's politics, stating that the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere have no business in politics.

He said these groups should revert to their roles in nation building and not dabble in politics.

“People exploit ethnicity for political power. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, one of my heroes, was elected on the platform of a democratic party, NCNC alliance in Lagos, first Lagos member not on the platform of Igbo state union which was at its infancy at the time but as a Nigerian. Azikiwe was above ethnicity; the Yoruba elected him.

“There was the Igbo state union, Ibibio state union which concentrated on educating Ibibio students, through award of scholarship. Dr. Udo Udoma was awarded scholarship to study law by the Ibibio state union.

That was the role state unions were playing at that time.

“Chief Awolowo founded Egbe Omo Oduduwa in London in 1946, 47 or thereabouts and established a branch in Nigeria in 1948. Again, in fairness to him, although he was strongly for regionalism, he didn’t use the Egbe Omo Oduduwa platform when he was in government. There was Action Group and there was Egbe Omo Oduduwa, a cultural group awarding scholarship. To me, ACF, Ohanaeze, Afenifere should all revert to that role. They have no business in politics; no place for them in politics.

“Some characters were speaking to the press sometime ago on behalf of Ohanaeze saying they want slots in the Lagos State cabinet. Rubbish! How many Lagos people are asking for cabinet slots in Imo, Abia, Enugu and the like? You leave that to local politics and local politicians. They should join political parties and fight for a space.”



http://saharareporters.com/2019/04/15/its-rubbish-ohanaeze-ask-slots-lagos-cabinet

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by JasonScoolari: 5:12pm On Apr 15
But I thought the Ohanezes are stylishly supporting Biafra? Why are they allowing the pained Osun born Lateef to disgrace them publicly?

The Ohaneze better respect themselves there. If you go to the SE, the only political slot a yoruba man/woman can get is an Agbo Jedi Jedi seller or a spiritual head of Cherubim and Seraphim Church.

The Ohaneze better seek for slot elsewhere.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by ORIENTATION101: 5:41pm On Apr 15
Well said

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by LoveMachine(m): 6:00pm On Apr 15
A man with sense has spoken. But who will listen?

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Quidquopro: 6:13pm On Apr 15
Piiiggiyyeassterrnerss ain't getting anything slot in Lagos cabinet... cool

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by kingkakaone(m): 6:29pm On Apr 15
The day we remove ethnicity and religion from Nigeria's politics, the day Nigeria will start growing and developing without hindrances.

Those are the two most dangerous weapons that politicians use to rule all over the world and this mostly happens in underdeveloped nations like those in Africa.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by muykem: 6:41pm On Apr 15
Igbo should keep off from Lagos politics simple. We have different approach, culture and believe meanwhile all these are important in local politics.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by MetaPhysical: 6:43pm On Apr 15
I knew there was something behind their recent attempt to sneak to the side of victory.

Listen to Ohanaeze...."the real reason why Igbos voted Sanwoolu". grin grin

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by MetaPhysical: 6:45pm On Apr 15
muykem:
Igbo should keep off from Lagos politics simple. We have different approach, culture and believe meanwhile all these are important in local politics.

What Alhaji Okunnu said is the attitude of Elders of Lagos regarding cabinet slots. When Elders of Lagos spe a k its done deal!

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by mabea: 6:46pm On Apr 15
JasonScoolari:
But I thought the Ohanezes are stylishly supporting Biafra? Why are they allowing the pained Osun born Lateef to disgrace them publicly?

The Ohaneze better respect themselves there. If you go to the SE, the only political slot a yoruba man/woman can get is an Agbo Jedi Jedi seller or a spiritual head of Cherubim and Seraphim Church.

The Ohaneze better seek for slot elsewhere.
But what the man said is true

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by T9ksy(m): 7:15pm On Apr 15
JasonScoolari:
But I thought the Ohanezes are stylishly supporting Biafra? Why are they allowing the pained Osun born Lateef to disgrace them publicly?

The Ohaneze better respect themselves there. If you go to the SE, the only political slot a yoruba man/woman can get is an Agbo Jedi Jedi seller or a spiritual head of Cherubim and Seraphim Church.

The Ohaneze better seek for slot elsewhere..........



....yeah, in Abuja- the federal state capital. grin

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Westtimeline: 7:30pm On Apr 15
JasonScoolari:
But I thought the Ohanezes are stylishly supporting Biafra? Why are they allowing the pained Osun born Lateef to disgrace them publicly?

The Ohaneze better respect themselves there. If you go to the SE, the only political slot a yoruba man/woman can get is an Agbo Jedi Jedi seller or a spiritual head of Cherubim and Seraphim Church.

The Ohaneze better seek for slot elsewhere.
What is this one saying?

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by hammerFC: 8:40pm On Apr 15
IGBO ARE PARTNERS IN THE LAGOS PROJECT.


U WANT TO LEAVE UR PARTNERS OUTSIDE IN THE COLD.


YORUBA ARE ACCOMMODATING THEY SAY.


SO WHERE IS THE ACCOMMODATION HERE?

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Sakamaje: 8:40pm On Apr 15
Ohanaeze's demands sounded very childish during those campaigns. At a point they were asking for 6 Commissioner slots if SanwoOlu wanted Igbo votes. That's ridiculously ridiculous.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by enemyofprogress: 8:40pm On Apr 15
Na craze dey worry dem

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Kundagarten: 8:41pm On Apr 15
But every state and region can share in Niger Delta resources abi?

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Englishgold: 8:41pm On Apr 15
After they have foolishly developed your state. You now call everything about them. Rubbish.

Anyway igbos are to be blamed.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by CaesarDon(m): 8:42pm On Apr 15
angry

Why do I have 2 satanic monikers above and below my post

Back to the topic, I can see clearly why some Igbos are not loved by most of the populace

How can u ask for something that you cannot give

It's almost impossible for an ebonyi man to get a political appointment in Anambra, talk less of Yorubas

And this money hungry group with no influence whatsoever are demanding rights that even the indigenes of lagos did not demand for


This is gross madness stupidity and greediness

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by hammerFC: 8:43pm On Apr 15
Englishgold:
After they have foolishly developed your state. You now call everything about them. Rubbish.

Anyway igbos are to be blamed.


DONT MIND THE NUISANCE YORUBA MUSLIM SKULL.


WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT, LAGOS IS FOR ALL NIGERIANS.


IGBO'S ARE SIMPLY DEMANDING THEIR RIGHT.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Is04970: 8:43pm On Apr 15
Ohaneze ndimumu is a drug funded and shameless organization.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Arizonaaddict1: 8:44pm On Apr 15
Slot kor computer village ni

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by funmijoyb(f): 8:44pm On Apr 15
No slot for the igbos in Lagos they sud get it in d East.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Chipink(f): 8:44pm On Apr 15
angry
I doubt the authenticity of this news.
However....ohaneze are on their own, they don't represent the interest if good people of ndigbo.
I don't like that group for anything.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by ProudBoy: 8:44pm On Apr 15
Englishgold:
After they have foolishly developed your state. You now call everything about them. Rubbish.

Anyway igbos are to be blamed.
Bro. You are a fool.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by iAmViper(m): 8:45pm On Apr 15
Slot koor dayboss ni

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Sholaco: 8:45pm On Apr 15
Igbo

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Alejoas(f): 8:45pm On Apr 15
grin
Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by OkpaAkuEriEri(m): 8:46pm On Apr 15
Fork u Lathief.
Is it not Igbo n ohaneze DAT develop d hole Lagos
?
Afonjah people is too selfish.
Igbo develop Lagos so Igbo deserve position in lag
because Lagos wtout Igbo is lyk Ogbomosho

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Amuocha: 8:46pm On Apr 15
Nonsense Kunnu..most likely Yoruba Muslim embarassed

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by funmijoyb(f): 8:46pm On Apr 15
hammerFC:



DONT MIND THE NUISANCE YORUBA MUSLIM SKULL.

WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT, LAGOS IS FOR ALL NIGERIANS.

IGBO'S ARE SIMPLY DEMANDING THEIR RIGHT.
But they aren't getting any slot in Lagos.... Where u came from belongs to all Nigerians too.

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by Sholaco: 8:47pm On Apr 15
funmijoyb:
No slot for the igbos in Lagos they sud get it in d East.
grin maybe igbo should demand such slots in adamawa the home of their gods @Atiku undecided

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Re: Lateef Femi Okunnu: It Is Rubbish For Ohanaeze To Ask For Slots In Lagos Cabinet by funmijoyb(f): 8:47pm On Apr 15
OkpaAkuEriEri:
Fork u lattiif
And u even more

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