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Afenifere asks Buhari to practise 76th UN General Assembly preachments

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
28 September 2021   |   3:01 am
The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put into practice what he said about justice, fairness and equity at the United Nations (UN)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 24, 2021 in New York City. More than 100 heads of state or government are attending the session in person, although the size of delegations are smaller due to the Covid-19 pandemic. John Minchillo – Pool/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put into practice what he said about justice, fairness and equity at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly last Friday.

Buhari, while calling for the reform of the UN, had said that “without justice, the legitimacy (even efficacy) of our organisation is called to question.”

He also canvassed dialogue between Israel and Palestine to resolve their differences, adding that the skirmish between the duo borders on “the question of justice, fairness and equity.”

Besides, Buhari also talked about the commitment of his administration to respect human rights.

BUT Afenifere, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, said that ethnic nationalities and other concerned stakeholders in Nigeria had been calling for dialogue to resolve ‘Nigeria’s issues’ for long but the Federal Government, under President Buhari, had not only been ignoring it but hounding those calling for such dialogue.

“It is interesting that the Nigerian government realises that dialogue is the way to go in resolving knotty issues. It is, however, the hypocrisy of the highest order for this same government to be prescribing this to foreign authorities while describing those calling for the same thing at home as ‘hate-speech makers’ and separatists,” the group said.

Afenifere further said that the reform that Buhari suggested for the UN was the same those calling for dialogue at home are calling for, saying why and how our president considered reform and dialogue as necessary at the global level but considered same as anathema in Nigeria beats one’s imagination. It is called reform at the global level and restructuring at home.

On internal security, the Afenifere spokesman asserted that the reality on the ground bellies the President’s claim. He said President Buhari, in his speech, had given the impression that terrorists have more or less surrendered to the Nigerian army.

“The level of insecurity in the country has got so bad that the authority of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) advised youth corps members to always let their people prepare for ransom to be paid in case they are kidnapped in the course of travelling from one point to another while in service,” the statement stated.

Afenifere said that the way the Federal Government had been handling the issue of kidnapping was what has emboldened the perpetrators to continue in their dastardly acts.