Ayo Adebanjo, acting national leader of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, says President Muhammadu Buhari has a “hidden agenda” for turning deaf ears to the call to restructure Nigeria.
There have been separation agitations, and some people have solicited for Nigeria to be restructured to allow for regional governments.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu had repudiated calls for divisions, adding that President Buhari won’t be bullied into “settling” secessionists.
In a chat with Arise TV on Wednesday, Adebanjo pointed out the importance of restructuring the country, noting that such an action is essential to secure unity.
“It’s that sovereign national conference, which was attempted in 2014, that Buhari has refused to do — that is the cause of the problem. If he doesn’t do it, he wants to impose this military constitution on us. And that what’s causing people, who feel cheated, to say they want to get out of Nigeria,” Adebanjo said.
“We’re saying this is what will keep us together, but you’re not attending to it and you’re not giving us alternatives.
“How can Garba Shehu say the president is not interested in anything when the people have said this what they want? He is not a democrat? Did he not claim to be a born-again democrat? All the things that we see and have been accusing APC and Buhari, in particular, that they have a hidden agenda.”
Additionally, speaking on Thursday at the service of songs and tribute ceremony held for late Yinka Odumakin, the former Afenifere spokesman, on Thursday, Pa Adebanjo sustained that Buhari’s delay on restructuring is reassuring secessionist agitations.
“It’s Buhari that encourages secession. Those of us calling for restructuring are the people who want Nigeria to stay. They mention Igboho, they mention Nnamdi Kanu. These people represent the youths here, because the suffering is much; the suffering is bad. And if they don’t restructure Nigeria, we’ll have more Igboho, we’ll have more Nnamdi Kanu. I don’t support secession and don’t oppose it,” he said.
“Don’t buy campaign of the people telling you that to restructure is to separate Nigeria. Buhari is not the man to come and tell me about a united Nigeria. I’ve been preaching a united Nigeria since Buhari was in primary school.”