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RUGA: US expresses worry over rising tension in Nigeria; Gani Adams replies: ‘blame Buhari’

Gani Adams

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, on Monday said the situation in the country will only get worse under President Muhammadu Buhari, especially as the planned Ruga settlement is generating agitations across the country.

Adams spoke in a meeting with officials from the U.S. Embassy, led by the Political Officer, Shashank Iyer, in his Lagos home.

At the meeting, Iyer who was accompanied by the Embassy’s Political Specialist, Arnold Abulime, told Adams and some members of the Aare-in-Council, that the US was concerned about the tension in the country, especially now heightened with the introduction of Ruga.

Iyer said: “It is tricky getting all to live together, so that is why there is the need to meet and share perspectives.

“We need to be able to move the needle forward together in Nigeria, deal with ethnic issues capable of destabilising the country.

“Nigerians will always find a way around economic issues, but ethnic issues have a way of destabilizing the country.”

While pouring his mind to the US delegates, Adams said the solution to all the crises bedevilling the country lay in restructuring the polity.

He said he believes that the country’s numerous problems will be resolved within four years if the President Muhammadu Buhari administration agrees to restructuring.

His words: “It is not in the world’s interest in Nigeria to go to war. The world will be affected.

“With a population of over 200 million, every part of the world will feel the disintegration of Nigeria.

“So what we are seeking for is for your government to prevail on Nigeria’s government to restructure.

“Most of our problems will be solved in four years once restructuring takes place.

“Our system is going to a state of collapse, especially with the Buhari Government in the last four years.

“And it can only get worse. If Buhari does not restructure, it will get worse.

“To save this country, the only way is to accept the report of the Constitutional Conference of 2014 or revert to the 1963 Constitution.

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“As it now, no zone is peaceful anymore. Even in Katsina, the President’s state, two traditional rulers were kidnapped without trace till today.

“There are instances in the past when the Fulanis came to require for land for their cattle are imperative.

“They gradually took the place over. The same happened in Plateau and Southern Kaduna.

“The history and antecedents of the Fulanis do not make it possible for any sane Yoruba man to accept Ruga.”

Others at the meeting included a former Minister of Defence, Mrs. Dupe Adelaja; Dr. Akin Sonaiya; former Political Adviser to the President, Akin Osuntokun; Publicity Secretary of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Yinka Oguntimehin; and prominent businessman and politician, Kole Omololu.

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