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Nigeria on brink of collapse, Afenifere insists

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• Urges border reopening, flays Falae’s alleged serial harassment

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has again raised the alarm that Nigeria is on the brink of collapse. In a communiqué issued yesterday at the end of its national leadership caucus meeting in Akure, the group insisted that the country “had virtually become ungovernable and unless it is restructured and restored to federalism, it will collapse.”

The National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, said: “As Nigeria enters the worst recession in 33 years and the second in five years of President Muhammadu Buhari, we are equally 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, Afenifere called for immediate reopening of Seme border and other gateways within the southern parts of the country.

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Odumakin continued: “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.

“We reject this apartheid policy and demand the reopening of Seme and other southern borders now.”

The group also frowned on the handling of the #EndSARS protest by the Federal Government. It commended the United Kingdom Parliament for proposing sanctions against top officials of the administration over the matter.

The spokesman further said: “The meeting received the report of yet another provocative invasion of Chief Olu Falae’s farm a few days ago by Fulani herdsmen.

“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.”

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