Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has stressed the need for urgent alternative and clearly-defined economic policies to move the country from recession.
The governor spoke yesterday at the Seventh Gani Fawehinmi Annual Memorial Lecture and Tributes, titled: “Nigerian State of Impunity: Where would Gani have stood?”.
The event, which was held at the International Cultural and Event Centre (The Dome) in Akure, the state capital, had in attendance Mimiko’s deputy, Alhaji Abdulazeez Oluboyo, top government officials and others.
He emphasised that Nigeria must be restructured in line with recommendations of the last national conference.
Calling for the sustenance of the passion of the late Gani Fawehinmi to alleviate the suffering of the masses, Mimiko challenged activists to have a clear cut ideological definition to make the citizenry identify with them.
He expressed optimism that Nigeria, despite its challenges, would be a great nation.
Chairman of the occasion and former Kaduna State Governor Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who was represented by National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr. Tanko Yinusa, condemned the alleged anti-people policies of the Federal Government that have brought the masses untold hardship.
He noted that the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to fulfil its campaign promises to Nigerians would have been protested by the late Fawehinmi.
The guest lecturer and human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, regretted the high rate of impunity in the country.
“Gani would have been on the street mobilising Nigerians concerning the harsh economic situation,” he said.