The group said that the emergency rule declared in the three northern states is a temporary solution.
The Afenifere Renewal Group, a Yoruba socio-cultural organization, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to “immediately declare a state of national emergency in Nigeria.”
“The present situation in Nigeria is a watershed and it presents an opportunity to seek lasting resolution to how we want to live and co-exist as a country of distinct nationalities, interests and priorities, within this beleaguered contraption called Nigeria,” the group said in a statement by Kunle Famoriyo, its Publicity Secretary.
“To this end, we hereby call on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately declare a State of National Emergency and proceed to the National Assembly with an executive bill, with a view to preparing the grounds for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference,” the statement added.
The statement further admonished Mr. Jonathan not to rely on emergency rule or militia action in any part of the country as a means to achieving peace.
“It may bring temporary succour, but it cannot guarantee long-lasting peace and security.”
While commending the presidency for “finally waking up from its deep slumber,” the pan Yoruba group noted that every part of Nigeria is “seething with anger” over the present challenges facing the country.
“The Yoruba people for instance, do not only feel insecure within the Nigeria. We do not feel that Nigeria, as it is presently structured can allow the component nationalities and groups to find full expression for their different aspirations,” the group said.
“We, the Yoruba, are concerned and miffed that the present structure of the country is a pernicious hindrance to our developmental destination.”
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