Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba Socio-Political Organization, has said, “while the country had never met the dream of its founding fathers, the situation had never been this bad socially, economically, and politically.”
The statement is contained in the communique signed by Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, released after the Tuesday meeting, held at the Isanya Ogbo home of the Organization’s Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
Afenifere is also of the opinion that, the Nigeria situation “is particularly worse on the security front, as no part of the country is safe at any time of the day any more.”
Afenifere is therefore “convinced that Restructuring of the Nigerian State before the 2023 general elections,” is the way out of the quagmire.
The Pan Yoruba organization, while also canvassing for the release of prisoners of conscience like Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka, Sunday Igboho, and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, again, called on the government, not to rubbish the idea of true federalism for a better Nigerian society.
The released communique reads:
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF AFENIFERE HELD AT ISANYA OGBO, OGUN STATE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2022.
The Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, held its first annual general meeting on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
The meeting held at the country home of the Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.
The meeting was attended by some leaders and members of Afenifere from all the states in Yorubaland including Delta, Kwara and Kogi.
Among the leaders in attendance were the former Governor of Kwara State, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Chief Supo Sonibare, Chief Sola Ebiseni, the Secretary General, Dr. Gbola Adetunji, Chief Korede Duyile, Abagun Kole Omololu, Hon. Leke Mabinuori, Chief Kofoworola Doherty, Dr. Ebun Sonaiya, Chief Tunde Onakoya, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowose, Chief Segun Olawoyin and Deacon Owolabi Oladejo, Chief Olu Pesu, Reverend Goke Omigbodun to mention a few.
The Ag. Leader welcomed Members and congratulated them for surviving the turbulent 2021.
The meeting deliberated extensively on various issues pertaining to the Nigeria nation especially in the way they affect the Yorubas.
The meeting reviewed the various challenges that Nigeria has been facing since independence.
The meeting felt that while the country had never met the dream of its founding fathers, the situation had never been this bad socially, economically and politically. The situation is particularly worse on the security front as no part of the country is safe at any time of the day any more.
The meeting also discussed the continued travails of Mr. Sunday Adeyemo Igboho and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
After extensive deliberations, Afenifere resolved as follow:
A. Before and after independence, various efforts have been made to have a country, Nigeria, that everyone would be proud of. A country in which every one lives a happy life and there is life more abundant for all.
Afenifere however has no doubt whatsoever that the country can never get out of its present logjam, let alone, develop, unless there is Restructuring.
B. The meeting felt that one of the things that has been a great cog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress today was the rubishing of true federalism.
Meaning that true federalism must be allowed to be effectively operational immediately. In other words, States and local government councils must be allowed to enjoy self governance as bprovided for them in the Constitution.
C. Afenifere is convinced that Restructuring of the Nigerian State before the 2023 general elections is achievable. It is achievable through the adoption of the Reports of the 2014 National Conference and the 2018 Mallam El-Rufai Committee of the APC on True Federalism with desirable modifications where necessary.
D. In recent times, we have consistently expressed concern on the situation of insecurity in Nigeria today. We have also always recommended what we consider as the ways out of the unprecedented security challenges facing us.
In this respect, we strongly call on the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the introduction of State Police equipped with requisite means to enhance security in the states and that of the federation ultimately.
The performance of Amotekun Security Network in the South West in conjunction with the Nigerian Police, has shown clearly that all the criticisms against State Police are unfounded and self serving.
E. The meeting considered Sunday Adeyemo Igboho as a Prisoner of Conscience.
Afenifere called on all men and women of conscience, particularly the international community to which human rights and freedom are abiding faith, to prevail on the Governments of Nigeria and Benin Republic to release Sunday Igboho forthwith.
Not only that, the federal government should also pay Sunday Igboho the damages awarded to him by the court upon the savage attack on his person and property.
F. The meeting also called on the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu even if on Political consideration as happened in the case of Asari Dokubo under the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
G. Afenifere at the meeting deliberated on the meeting of the South and Middle Belt Forum, SMBLF, held in Abuja earlier this month. The meeting fully endorsed the SMBLF call on all Political Parties to zone their Presidential Candidates to the South for the forthcoming 2023 election.
The meeting expressed appreciation to its Leader and to Ekiti State for hosting the participants.
The meeting looks forward to a more benign year in 2022.
Signed by Afenifere National Publicity Secretary,
Comrade Jare Ajayi