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Buhari Was A Child When We Negotiated Nigeria – Afenifere Leader, Adebanjo Slams President Over ‘Not Negotiable’ Claims




The chief of Yoruba’s socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo on Friday, lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for saying that Nigeria’s unity and existence shouldn’t be negotiable.

In accordance with Punch, Adebanjo stated that Buhari, who’s 78 years previous, must have recognized that Nigeria’s Independence and phrases of unity have been negotiated within the Fifties, however the President was a “small boy on the time, therefore his ignorance.”

Adebanjo, 93, stated this whereas responding to President Buhari’s Independence Day speech.

President Buhari had acknowledged that the unity of Nigeria stays non-negotiable.

However the Afenifere chief defined that in 1953 when the North opposed the decision for Independence and fairly advocated ‘Araba’ (secession), Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe satisfied the northern management headed by Ahmadu Bello, to barter the phrases of their unity and in the end their independence from British rule.

Adebanjo stated, “He (Buhari) is speaking nonsense. These are the sorts of issues that trigger bother. How can the President of a multinational, multilingual and multi-ethnic society say the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable? We negotiated the unity of Nigeria in 1954 earlier than independence.

“The 1960 Structure was a product of negotiation that arose from the London constitutional convention.

“In fact, I can’t blame him (Buhari). He was nonetheless in major faculty at the moment, so, he couldn’t perceive. He ought to return to the data.

“Earlier than the constitutional convention, the nation was being run as a unitary authorities and that was what precipitated the disaster.

“After we bought to that convention, Chief Awolowo re-educated them that you simply can not run the nation as a unitary system. It was at that convention that Nnamdi Azikiwe was transformed to federalism and when he returned from that convention, Azikiwe, on the airport, declared that federalism was crucial. It was within the Every day Occasions of 1954.”

Adebanjo added that the 1960 Structure gave all of the areas monetary autonomy, such that each area was in a position to management its personal future and after the navy coup of 1966 and Nigeria turned a unitary state, issues started to go downhill.

He, due to this fact, argued for restructuring which he claims have to be embraced for the nation to progress.

He additional famous that the 1999 Structure which he stated was not based mostly on equity however exploitation of the South must be adequately seemed into.

The Afenifere chief additionally pointed a blame finger on Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the All Progressives Congress chief, Bola Tinubu, for paying lip service to restructuring.

Adebanjo stated that it was unlucky that Osinbajo and Tinubu, who promoted restructuring, at the moment are pretending as if it was not included within the APC manifesto throughout the election campaigns in 2015.


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