Afenifere in Diaspora backs restructuring, opposes disintegration
• Govs, others urge Nigerians to remain undaunted
• Nigeria’s federation built on falsehood says Adams
• Olurode urges elite to de-emphasise power rotation
The Afenifere in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe has said that the only solution to the multifaceted problems in Nigeria is restructuring and not separation.
In a statement by its Secretary in UK and Europe, Anthony Ajayi, the group noted that restructuring remains the panacea to solve the many problems bedeviling Nigeria, adding that it should be done before the next general elections in 2023.
It said members of the group strongly stand by the southern governors in their resolution on anti-grazing laws, Value Added Tax (VAT) and for the South to produce the next President in 2023.
HOWEVER, Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has said that the country is making steady progress notwithstanding the teething challenges bedevilling it.
The governor, who spoke with reporters in Abuja, yesterday, disagreed with those who compare Nigeria with other countries in the world.
Also, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has urged Nigerians to continue to join hands to make Oyo State and Nigeria better.
Makinde, who stated this during an ‘Independence Day Walk’ led on his behalf by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, declared that unity was needed to enable the country move forward.
IN the same vein, the senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, has said that the celebration of Nigeria’s Independence is a reminder of the price paid for freedom and the resolve to keep pushing despite the odds.
In a statement yesterday, she said: “Today’s celebration is also another opportunity to appreciate security operatives who continue to defend the internal peace and sovereignty of the country.”
A former National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and former Chairman of the Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), Prof. Lai Olurode, has urged Nigerian elite to stop emphasising on power rotation but concentrate on issues that would make the country grow.
BESIDES, a Lagos-based socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, has called for sober reflection across the country.
In a statement, yesterday, Onitiri said with the present insecurity, economic woes and agitations for self-determination in the country, all is not well.
MEANWHILE, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has lamented that Nigeria’s federation was built on falsehood, saying that the country has the potential to be great again if regions are given the autonomy to develop at their own pace.
Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, said Nigeria’s history and efforts of the founding-fathers before and shortly after Independence in 1960 were watershed, lamenting that the past and present crop of leaders had drifted along the line by initiating policies that are capable of destroying Nigeria’s federation.