Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Group Lauds Osinbajo, Points Way Forward.

The Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere Renewal Group, has said the South-West does not need a consultative meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to discuss Nigeria’s unity as being demanded by some people.


In a statement on Wednesday by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Famoriyo, ARG said, “Yoruba people are never the agitators and our aspirations have never lacked clarity since (the) late Chief Obafemi Awolwo published ‘Path to Nigerian Freedom’ in 1947.”

ARG also urged the South-West governors to discharge their responsibilities by constantly taking in the changing political dynamics of the nation for their decisions and acts to cater to the welfare, wellbeing, and security of people in their domains.

Lauding Osinbajo for his interventions towards calming frayed nerves and dousing tension in the polity, the group said it was perhaps the first time in the history of Nigeria such came up for sincere confrontation of social malady through dialogue and democratic means.

“Before now, government would play the ostrich until the rising temperature hit the roof and then deploy armed forces. We note however the Acting President’s statement that “We have all agreed that Nigeria should remain one” and we recall the late Chief Bola Ige who noted that “there are two basic questions that must be answered by all Nigerians. One, do we want to remain as one country? Two, if the answer is yes, under what conditions?,” it added.


Saying it prays for Osinbajo’s success in dousing current tension in the country, ARG said remaining a single entity was not the contentious aspect of Nigeria’s nationhood.

ARG stated, “Where the task of building a sustainable nationhood begins is the second question, which has remained unaddressed for the past five decades. Answering this question bothers on reaching a consensus about a constitution that will guarantee the inalienable rights of social justice and political freedom for every Nigerian, irrespective of ethnic or religious inclination.”
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