Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to concentrate on demobilizing banditry and terrorism, rather than dissipate energy on hunting advocates for true federalism or self-determination.
In a reaction to the President’s declaration that the government has discovered sponsors of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, Jare Ajayi, national publicity secretary of Afenifere said, “The phenomenon of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu in terms of desiring their own nations came about as a result of the failure of the Nigerian state to cater adequately for Nigerians.
“If the insecurity and social dislocation in the country are brought to an end, the agitation for separate nations will fizzle out.
Ajayi noted that the “the picture painted by President Buhari of the Nigeria situation was at variance with what is on the ground.
“There has never been a time in the annals of modern Nigeria that the country’s infrastructure was this decadent, social care near-absent and the image of the country was so battered.
“Indeed, the difference between now and in the days of the late Sani Abacha was that the head of state then was wearing Khaki while the present head of government wears a civilian dress and there are democratic institutions like the legislature that were absent then.
“In terms of the country’s influence in Africa, how many countries in Africa now respect Nigeria going by the inhuman treatments Nigerians are subjected to in different parts of the world including Africa these days?