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Afenifere issues conditions for legitimate 2023 elections

By Kehinde Olatunji
12 November 2021   |   4:00 am
Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said it will lead the Yoruba nation to demand substantial restructuring before elections in 2023.

Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said it will lead the Yoruba nation to demand substantial restructuring before elections in 2023.

It said the response of President Muhammadu Buhari to calls for restructuring along federalist lines would go a long way in shaping the position of Yoruba people in the future.

This was disclosed in Lagos State, yesterday, at a press conference attended by leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor, Chief Sola Ebiseni and Chief Tunde Onakoya.

Adebanjo said the speed with which government labels voices of dissent as terrorists, while ignoring and colluding with self-declared terrorists, makes the Buhari administration an accomplice.

He cautioned the Yoruba to avoid being lured into a “legitimisation of Buhari’s ethno-religious agenda by engaging with the patently fraudulent lies of any elections in 2023, in the absence of a restoration of peace, and a substantial restructuring of a negotiated Nigeria.”

He, however, insisted: “We are not anarchists. We are not secessionists. We are democrats. We recognise that there is a democratically elected President in Aso Rock. We are not asking for Buhari’s resignation. And since the National Assembly has not seen fit to impeach him, he remains the President of Nigeria until May 27, 2023.”