- An elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo says President Buhari is not promoting the unity of Nigeria
- According to Adebanjo who is the leader of the Afenifere, there is a need to dialogue and engage with secessionists
- Chief Adebanjo stated that one of the ways to end the agitations is to restructure the country immediately
Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-political group has recommended how President Muhammadu Buhari can silence secessionists in the country.
Speaking on a breakfast programme on Arise News channel, Adebanjo said President Buhari can take the sail out of the agitations for division of the country into separate independent entities if he heeded the call for restructuring of Nigeria.
Currently, the calls for secession in the country are more prominent in the southern parts of Nigeria.
In the southwest of the country, Chief Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho is leading the agitation for the creation of the Oodua nation as an independent country from Nigeria.
On the other hand, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is calling for the constitution of the states in the southeast and some parts of the south-south into a separate country of Biafra.
Chief Adebanjo said the restructuring will take care of marginalisation and injustices against some parts of the country which he said were responsible for the agitations and calls for secession.
“Since President Buhari has refused to listen to the masses concerning the call for a change in our constitution, which has led to the continued agitations from different parts of the county, thus creating disunity among Nigerians who are calling for secession, then it becomes obvious that President Buhari is the number one enemy to the unity of Nigeria.
“If Buhari is patriotic enough, a new constitution and restructuring will silence Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB and Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, and all others with their secessionist agenda.
“If you don’t, you will continue to give impetus to them. You are encouraging secession. You want to suppress them. We are the people who want restructuring. Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.”
Adebanjo however, said he was not an apostle of secession, as he had worked for a united Nigeria since independence.
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday, April 15 warned the Buhari administration that the dream of one Nigeria is fast fading under its watch.
President General of the group, Professor George Obiozor, stated this during a press conference in Enugu state.
He warned the federal government to rethink, reflect and act fast before the prophecy that Nigeria won't stay together as one country in no distant time becomes a national reality and a national tragedy foretold.
In a related development, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly sceptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country.
With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.