The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has accused the federal government of not doing the needful to avert the possible break-up of Nigeria.
Afenifere was responding to a recent comment by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo that break-up is not the solution to Nigeria’s problem.
Osinbajo had on Tuesday mentioned that Sudan had broken up and yet their problems had not been resolved, saying there was a need for some institutions in Nigeria to ensure the safety of the citizens wherever they are in Nigeria.
Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere spokesman, in a statement on Wednesday, alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was “doing all kinds of things that can divide the country”.
He said that the Federal Government was being partial in the treatment of various elements in the country, saying this might lead to the break-up of the country.
He said, “What are they doing to prevent the break-up? The president said yesterday that Abiola would have solved ethnic and religious problems in Nigeria, why are they not solving it. Why are they doing all kinds of things that can divide the country.?
“The president said yesterday that Abiola would have solved ethnic and religious problems in Nigeria, why are they not solving it. Why are they doing all kinds of things that can divide the country?” he said.
“So if a break-up is not the solution but all the actions they are taking make the break-up inevitable. The Fulani people are doing so many things in the country; they are not doing anything against them. You are doing many things that can break up the country and yet you are saying break-up is not the solution.
“What kind of sermon are they preaching? If they are declaring Shiites group as terrorists, what act of terrorism have they done, whereas those who are perpetrating terror in Nigeria you are giving them money.
“The Afenifere has never set out to ask for the breakup of Nigeria, as a matter of fact, we don’t like it. It is those who are pursuing the policy of not making Nigerians good neighbors to themselves, those who regard some Nigerians as masters and some as slaves, those who discriminate and pursuing policy of discrimination, those who don’t provide employment for the millions of able-bodied Nigerians, even though, there are opportunities to do so, that could break up the country.
“Some Nigerians who have the opportunity to utilise the resource to develop Nigeria and fail to do so. It is these people directly or indirectly, who are breaking this country up.”
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