- Nigeria's socio-political organisations have reacted to the comment made by former president Obasanjo on governance structure in Nigeria
- The Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo backed Obasanjo on his position on the emergence of leaders for the National Assembly
- However, the ACF said contrary to Obasanjo's claim, President Buhari cannot be blamed on the outcome of NASS elections
Three major socio-political organisations in Nigeria have reacted to the comment by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the currently national governance structure.
The Afenifere, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the former president was wrong on his assertion on the imbalance in Nigeria's governance structure.
Reacting to comments made by Obasanjo on the leadership structure for the 9th Assembly, the Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo backing Obasanjo on his position expressed concern on the emergence of leaders for the legislative.
ThisDay reports that the national publicity secretary of Afenifere group, Yinka Odumakin, said the emergence of Lawan as Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as House of Representatives speaker would lead Nigeria into “elected dictatorship.”
Odumakin said: “The fears Obasanjo raised are very real. In the midst of where Nigeria is today and the feelings on the land, to concentrate the three heads of government in the hands of core north and of the same religion, is like striking a match stick beside an opened keg of petrol.
“These people should be more sensitive to know that this will further promote the feeling of alienation by sections of the country. This illustrates the arrogance with which these things are being done. It is not healthy for the polity," Odumakin added.
He said the celebration of June 12 by the present administration is not inclusive.
"The South-east has nobody in all the top seven positions in the country. Not one! And you take all these key positions to the core north. I think Obasanjo is right," he added.
Also defending Obasanjo, the leader of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo group, John Nnia-Nwodo, said the group was not surprised with the outcome of the National Assembly leadership elections.
Nwodo also commended the former president for speaking out against the structure of governance.
He said: "It cannot be worse than this. We never expected anything different because the president is irredeemably clannish. It has never been heard that a president will decide to totally shut out a people from a nation’s governance structure."
“With the ways things are, the three arms of government in the country are being led by people from the core north - the executive, legislature and the judiciary and yet we still pretend to be a nation.
“It’s expected that at the end of every election, the winner will embrace every part of the country as one whether they supported you or not. This is the reason why we took our own decision before the election because we expected nothing from this arrangement," Nwodo said.
The ACF however, did not agree with the issues raised by former president Obasanjo.
According to ACF, the leaders of the socio-political groups and Nigeria at large cannot blame President Buhari for the election at the 9th Assembly.
ACF said Buhari should not be blamed for Nigerians’ decision to elect people from the north into offices.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Obasanjo had said that the country is being driven towards “disaster and instability” by the President
Buhari-led government. The former president made the comment at his Ibogun Olaogun ancestral home in Ifo local government area of Ogun state.
He said that even though Nigeria has made considerable progress since the new dispensation began in 1999, the pace of movement shows that the country may be inching towards disaster and instability.
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