Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, has stated in reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 57th independence anniversary speech that the president was mixing up the clamour for restructuring with that of secession.
Buhari had stated in his speech that advocacy for restructuring had been hijacked, decrying what he called the folly of “hot-headed” youths.
But in its reaction, Afenifere stated that advocates for restructuring were in fact against secession, noting that they meant well for the country.
Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, who reacted for the group, said Buhari should draw a distinction between the two camps and take urgent action to facilitate the restructuring of the country.
Odumakin stated that by ignoring calls for restructuring, Buhari was indirectly promoting those seeking separation from the country.
“He should separate those agitating for restructuring from those calling for a break-up of the country. I think he is confusing restructuring with break-up.
“Those calling for restructuring are those working to avert the breakup of Nigeria while those opposed to it are the ones working for the break-up of the country.
“Let the President deal with restructuring; if he does not listen to the agitations for restructuring, he is promoting those who are working for the break-up of the country”, he stated.
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