- Pa Ayo Adebanjo has opened up on the rising secessionist agitation from the southwest geopolitical zone
- The Afenifere leader on Sunday, May 23, insisted that he does not want secession
- Adebanjo is of the opinion that Nigeria's problem is the 1999 Constitution, calling it fraudulent
The leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, has identified the 1999 Constitution as the nation's problem, saying he cannot stay under the current structure Nigeria operates.
Adebanjo who made the remark during a zoom event on Sunday, May 23, described the 1999 Constitution as fraudulent, Nigerian Tribune reports.
While reiterating that restructuring will solve all insecurity issues in the country, Adebanjo called for a new constitution.
The Afenifere chieftain also insisted that he does not want secession, adding that governors have no powers over the police.
He lamented that those who are in the position of arresting killer-herdsmen are the people protecting the suspects.
Adebanjo is also of the opinion that everything would fall in place if the country had regional autonomy just like in the Western Region.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, discouraged the calls for secession by some groups in the country.
He described the calls for secession as unacceptable. Mohammed made the statement on Thursday, May 20, during his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) held in Bauchi state.
The minister who joined the programme virtually urged Nigerians not to allow current challenges to jeopardise the country’s unity.
In a related development, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, expressed optimism that Nigeria will not go into war again despite agitations from different quarters calling for secession.
The Sokoto monarch who is also the president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) said this on Wednesday, May 19, in Abuja at the 2021 Second Quarterly Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).