Restructuring: President Buhari has hidden agenda for ignoring calls, says Ayo Adebanjo
Acting National Leader of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Ayo Adebanjo has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has a ‘hidden agenda’ for refusing to heed the call to restructure Nigeria.
Recall that there have been secession agitations, while some persons have called for Nigeria to be restructured to allow for regional governments.
Speaking on the development, the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Garba Shehu had dismissed the calls for disintegration.
Shehu added that Buhari won’t be bullied into “settling” secessionists.
In a chat with Arise TV on Wednesday, Adebanjo highlighted the importance of restructuring the country, noting that such an action is important to ensure unity.
“It’s that sovereign national conference, which was attempted in 2014, that Buhari has refused to do — that is the cause of the problem. If he doesn’t do it, he wants to impose this military constitution on us. And that what’s causing people, who feel cheated, to say they want to get out of Nigeria,” Adebanjo said.
“We’re saying this is what will keep us together, but you’re not attending to it and you’re not giving us alternatives.
“How can Garba Shehu say the president is not interested in anything when the people have said this what they want? He is not a democrat? Did he not claim to be a born-again democrat? All the things that we see and have been accusing APC and Buhari, in particular, that they have a hidden agenda.”
Also speaking on Thursday at the service of songs and tribute ceremony held for late Yinka Odumakin, former Afenifere spokesman, on Thursday, Adebanjo maintained that Buhari’s delay on restructuring is encouraging secessionist agitations.
“It’s Buhari that encourages secession. Those of us calling for restructuring are the people who want Nigeria to stay. They mention Igboho, they mention Nnamdi Kanu. These people represent the youths here, because the suffering is much; the suffering is bad. And if they don’t restructure Nigeria, we’ll have more Igboho, we’ll have more Nnamdi Kanu. I don’t support secession and don’t oppose it,” he said.
“Don’t buy campaign of the people telling you that to restructure is to separate Nigeria. Buhari is not the man to come and tell me about a united Nigeria. I’ve been preaching a united Nigeria since Buhari was in primary school.”
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