Afenifere, Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, has insisted that the nation must be restructured and the practice of true federalism be restored, saying that Nigeria is already on the brink of collapse.
This was contained in a communiqué signed and issued by Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary, at the end of the group’s national leadership caucus meeting in Akure, on Thursday.
Odumakin noted that the last five years of President Muhammadu Buhari administration has “besieged by attendant poverty, as insecurity worsens across the land with kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits on the prowl and government helpless and unable to govern effectively”.
“And nobody should take this country on any childish ride, we should just implement report of the 2014 Conference now.”
Accusing the Nigerian leader of alleged clannishness, the Afenifere Spokesperson called for immediate reopening of Seme border and other gateways within the southern parts of the country.
“The meeting condemned Buhari government’s attitude of a dog that breastfeeds its own puppies and kills other animals for lunch as per management of borders. While the Seme and other southern borders have been closed for a year now against our people and recently opened for the use of Dangote and BUA, Nigeria is constructing a rail line and about N30 billion highway to connect with Fulani in Niger Republic with whom the Fulani running Nigeria have cultural kinship,” he said.
“We reject this apartheid policy and demand the reopening of Seme and other southern borders now.”
Odumakin also expressed his displeasure over the Federal Government handling of the #EndSARS protest while commending the United Kingdom Parliament for proposing sanctions against top officials of the administration over the matter.
“The meeting received the report of yet another provocative invasion of Chief Olu Falae’s farm a few days ago by Fulani herdsmen,” he added.
“We wonder if a group of Yoruba boys can go to the North and be harassing a northern equivalent of Chief Falae serially and a war would not have been declared on Yoruba in the North now. We call on President Buhari who is also the grand patron of Miyetti Allah to bring this unfortunate development to an end now.
“Finally, we commend the UK Parliament for their bold debate on the malady in Nigeria and welcome their decision to recommend sanctions against top officials of a supposed democratic government in Nigeria behaving like a junta.”