Why Calls For Self-determination Is Gaining Momentum
Afenifere, a Yoruba pan-socio-cultural organisation, has stated that secessionists’ agitation for self-determination is gaining traction as a result of the Federal Government’s failure to heed calls for restructuring.
The Southern Leaders Forum, the Middle Belt Forum, the Arewa Consultative Forum, and the Northern Elders Forum, according to the statement, have reached a national consensus on the need and inevitability of restructuring.
The recent comment by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, on issues of restructuring and secession, was unfortunate, according to Afenifere’s General Secretary, Chief Sola Ebiseni.
Garba, according to Ebiseni, tarnished his principal’s reputation by demonstrating how callous the President might be in the face of unmistakable national disaster.
He said that President Mohammadu Buha’s remark about “continuity” was uninspiring and insensitive.
Nigerians, he said, are looking beyond President Buhari to save what is left of the country.
The citizens did not bother to send more restructuring memoranda to the National Assembly, according to the Afenifere scribe, because lawmakers could not be judges in their own cases.
“No such exercise by the National Assembly is worthwhile if the National Assembly lacks the confidence to look into the reports of the 2014 National Conference and the El-Rufai True Federalism Committee of the ruling party,” the statement reads.
“Buhari and his government must be reminded that, even with an elected government and parliament in place, the call for a people’s conference to reclaim their country is neither unknown nor unprecedented in history. India, like Nigeria, is a federation.
“Buhari lacks Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s popularity, political savvy, and admiration.
“In 1990, our tiny western neighbour, Republic of Benin, under the elected government of President Mathew Kerekou, convened a National Conference whose recommendations gave birth to a new people’s constitution that has lasted since.
“Those countries are not even close to the degree of collapse that the Nigerian State is facing today.
“Garba Shehu is free to offer whatever twisted interpretation he wants to the declaration of Afenifere’s Leader, which unambiguously demonstrated that the government’s failure to listen to demands for restructuring, of which Afenifere is the leading proponent, is fertile ground for self-determination and secessionist agitations.
“Those who are certain of their roles may need to seek the advice of elders, as the competition for the ring on the dreaded Oracle’s finger may not spare the finger itself in the end.”