Nigeria'll break up if not restructured in 10 years - Adebanjo

Nigeria'll break up if not restructured in 10 years - Adebanjo

- Chief Ayo Adebanjo has warned that Nigeria will break up if not restructured in the next 10 years

- The elder statesman and leader of Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, said the country is not united

- Chief Adebanjo also said President Muhammadu Buhari should have declared a state of emergency by now

Elder statesman and leader of Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has warned that Nigeria will break up if not restructured in the next 10 years.

The 90-year old leader made the comment during an interview with The Guardian newspaper.

According to him, Nigeria is not a united and healthy country, lamenting that the government has failed to protect lives and properties.

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His words: “Nigeria will break. It’s a matter of time. ‘Omode bu iroko, o n boju wehin, se o ro wipe ojo kan ni oluwere n pani?’ (After cursing the Iroko tree, a child looks back. Does he think the spirit in the Iroko tree will start attacking him immediately?) Are we united?

“In a normal situation, Buhari should have declared a state of emergency by now. A country in so much unrest, with kidnapping, robbery, herdsmen everywhere; is that a healthy country? Even in Buhari’s village, kidnapping and robbery is going on there.

“A government that fails to protect lives and properties has no right to be in office, and the situation in the country today warrants that Buhari should resign now. He has no right to be in office. Kadaria Ahmed said the people in the President’s part of the country cannot sleep with their their two eyes closed.

“The Boko Haram he told us he would finish when Jonathan was there is waxing stronger. How can insurgents return to the place they kidnapped the children before to carry away another set? Who is he deceiving? Has the country not broken now?”

Adebanjo also stated that President Buhari is not capable of uniting the country, accusing the president of being partisan and tribalistic.

He said: “Buhari is not capable of keeping the country together. Buhari is partisan and tribalistic by nature. We are talking of corruption now and people are accusing him of selective fight. He didn’t just start. When he came the first time, and he said he wanted to wipe off corruption, it was the most progressive states he attacked.

“When I said people should not vote for him in 2015, that he cannot change, people said he was in the military then and he’s now a civilian. Some said I was blackmailing him. I told them, if you want to employ somebody, you’ll ask for testimonial.

“All I was saying about Buhari then was what he did in the past, and that there was no evidence that he has changed. I said he was a dictator, that he wouldn’t obey the rule of law. He does not believe in democracy and he takes pride in that.”

Meanwhile, an Igbo group, Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), has accused the federal government of deliberately excluding the south-east and south-south zones in its national railway project and abandoning the railway contract in the two zones awarded by the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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The allegation was contained in a statement signed by its president, Chief Tochukwu Ezeoke and secretary, Lawrence Nwobu, on Wednesday, April 17.

The IEI described the action as “another example of Chibuike Amaechi and President Buhari’s unpatriotic politics of hate and exclusion.”

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