Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, the Afenifere has restated that the country must be restructured before the 2023 general elections.
The group lamented that even though the country had never met the dream of its founding fathers, ‘the situation had never been so bad socially, economically and politically,’ pointing out that ‘the country can never get out of its present logjam, let alone develop unless there is restructuring.’
A communiqué issued after its first annual general meeting, Tuesday, which held at the country home of the acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State, and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, also demanded that the Federal Government release activist Sunday Adeyemo, as well as, pay him the costs awarded by the court.
Afenifere also insisted that adoption of the Reports of the 2014 National Conference and the 2018 Mallam el-Rufai Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on true federalism with desirable modifications is necessary.
“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.”
‘We call 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 the Benin Republic to release Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho.
“Not only that, but 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.
“We 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,” the communiqué read.