Afenifere berates APC chieftains proposing third term for Buhari
Seeks global sanctions against hate-speech bill
The apex Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has denigrated some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for proposing third term tenure for President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was contained in a communique issued after the group’s general assembly held at the house of its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure yesterday.
It also lamented the proposed death penalty bill for hate speech.
In the communiqué read by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the group kicked against plans to subvert the constitution by a senator and raising an alarm over the denial by Buhari.
“To douse the tension the rumoured plot is generating, the President made a denial a few days ago, which we took with a pinch of salt because it is not the first time politicians would pursue what they are denying in Nigeria after swearing with Allah or God.
“We have not forgotten that Buhari told this country in 2011 that he would do only one term if he became President. He is now on a second term. He also promised Nigerians in 2015 that he would not have the office of the First Lady as President.
“He was mute when the wife issued an order that she must be addressed as First Lady and he has gone ahead to appoint six aides for the office,” the communique read.
The group further raised suspicion against the APC-led Federal Government, saying: “With the National Assembly in the pocket, the only hurdle left to change that provision in the constitution would be two-thirds of Houses of Assembly and we have seen the President holding a meeting with 36 Speakers.
“And shortly after this meeting, an APC member in Ebonyi State has approached a Federal High Court to compel the National Assembly to remove the constitutional impediments against third term for President and Governors.
“We have seen this fire before for this smoke not to be strange to us.”
In another development, the Afenifere has condemned widespread killings in the country, especially the murder of its leader’s daughter, Olufunke Olakunrin and the gruesome murder of Mrs. Salome Abuh in the last Kogi State governorship election.
It also kicked against the Appeal Court verdict on Oyo State governorship election, saying: “It was at a loss as to the jurisprudential anarchy daily unfolding in our judicial system.
“That one decision of the court confused even the media for the next 48 hours is a challenge to our judiciary to always try and make itself clear to the ordinary people.
“It is our hope that the Supreme Court to which the parties have now headed will resolve the matter in the interest of justice and the integrity of the justice system. We do not want any upheaval in the city that has history behind it.
“We advise the President to use his last term in office to create legacies that will place him on the good pages of history,” the group stated.
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