By our reporter| Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, on Monday joined his voice to that of other prominent Nigerians to call for urgent restructuring of the country to save it from disintegration.
Ostensibly reponding to the statement by presidential spokesman,Garba Shehu that President Buhari will not be forced to restructure the coutry, describing such calls as “recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country, Adeyemi via his verified Twitter handle, @sam_adeyemi, said that effective leaders listen to the complaints of its citizens.
The presidency’s reaction followed the recent call by Pastoe Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, for President Buhari’s government to restructure the country “as soon as possible”.
The Presidency, in a reaction on Sunday night, had said, “The Presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the President to do one thing or another or else, in their language, ‘the nation will break up.’
“This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the COVID-19 health crisis.”
However, Adeyemi, who disagreed with the presidency’s reaction, stressed that effective leaders must listen to the views of citizens and take appropriate actions.
Adeyemi said, “When did it become a threat for citizens to express opinions, even if strong, about the structuring or restructuring of their country? Effective leaders listen.”