Afenifere group wants Buhari to restructure polity

The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, a Yoruba sociopolitical group, has demanded a public commitment to restructuring of Nigeria’s governance structure from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari.

The demand was made Thursday at a public lecture organized by the group in Abeokuta.

In his brief remark titled, The Change We Demand, the leader of the group, Wale Oshun, said there are clear indications that there is need for change.

“Yoruba people are insisting that the change that must occur must include some assurances that never again should the issue of equity amongst Nigerian nationalities be blatantly sacrificed as federal government has done in recent times,” said Mr. Oshun.

“The change that we demand include an assurance to restructure the country in such a way that power will devolve to the most efficient federating unit.

“The Yoruba people have witnessed how over-centralisation of power has been instrumental to the abuses of power and the institution of ingrained corruption that is destroying our country today.”

He added that restructuring must be made a national electioneering agenda.

The group said it was using the opportunity presented by the lecture to demand the assurance from Mr. Buhari, a retired army General.

“This should not be an assurance given in private anymore; let it be an assurance given in public,” it said.

Delivering a lecture titled ‘Before Nigeria’s oil runs dry: Options for development in the Southwest of Nigeria,’ Kayode Fayemi, the former governor of Ogun State, argued that the current economic reality makes an urgent case for a restructuring of the polity.

According to him, the mantra to diversify the economy in Nigeria will continue to fail without appropriate steps to devolve power and entrench fiscal federalism.

“The need to diversify our economy and the necessity of decentralizing the governance are coterminous imperatives,” Mr. Fayemi said.

“Indeed, one cannot occur without the other. We cannot diversify the economy without decentralizing governance.”

Mr. Fayemi noted that there are four areas that embody the immense economic potential of the Southwest waiting to be unlocked through diversification and decentralization.

“These are agriculture, mineral resources, telephony and internet, and Nollywood and domestic tourism development,” he said.


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  • tundemash

    hmmm … so una don give up on Jona too as you didn’t demand same commitment from him. God na helele, God na waya O !
    Dumbo is gone !!

    • ogechi

      Na only bags ee carry ni?!!, een no carry een wife along?!!, lol

      • Randy

        Na only him de waka go.

  • solozo

    Critical point these guys are raising. Address some of the root causes of our national woes, Thumbs up

  • Bio

    Any person can gather people and say a thing of their choice,no problem, seeking relevance on alter of ignorance is not an assurance of victory. GEJ the coast is always clear.

    • israel amulum

      People without voters card endorsing media hyped candidates.waiting to shout rigging if they lose.hahaha

  • Jika

    Yeah I agree with you guys.There is a COMPELLING NEED more than ever before for a COMPLETE restructuring of the politico-economy of Nigeria.Thumps up for you guys in this regard.

  • Omo Akin

    I watched Yinka Odumakin on Sahara TV sometime ago trying to justify the reason for his preference for Jonathan, that Jonathan through the National Conference plan to restructure the country. The first thing I expected Jonathan to do the minute he became president was to move Nigeria towards a true federalism so that his people will have more control over their resources and their destiny. But he got carried away with the power of the president and became enamored with creating billionaires from a handful of his people. When there was clamor for state police in the face of rampant kidnapping and armed robbery, Jonathan disagreed. As former governor he should have known that a state police will help a serious minded governor to tackle security issues and not every case of kidnapping will be blamed on the Feds; again he relished the power of posting an Mbu to “deal” with the governor of Rivers State. The National Conference was conducted without any foundation i.e. no law that says what should become of the decisions of the conference. I remember that APC favored a Sovereign National Conference and not the one that has no foundation. I also recall that Prof Nwabueze had consistently advocated for a type of conference that has legal backing and the minority report to that effect was rubbished. Let Afenifere and ARG be specific about the restructuring they want and then the discussion can begin. If you want to revert to regional government, how come additional states were recommended? There is need for this group to come up with the specifics of what they want Nigeria to look like.

    • Progress

      Yinka Odumakin wo? Oniranu ni won. Pelu awon PDPIgs, Oloriburuku, ole ni gbogbo won! . Igbaleeeeeeeeeeeeee E gba won da nu!

  • Progress

    God bless you all. Now that we are sure that Buhari is going to win, this is the time to be making demands of this type. This is what we expect from Pa Adebanjo and his league of fake Awoists. Instead it is bad belle being camouflage as analysis.

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    Dear Mr President , I appreciate your effort at engaging the Nigerian youth, the grouse of some us who loved you was our disappointment in certain key areas, your deliberate inability to build key infrastructure to world class level. After all basic infrastructure, determines the quality of life of a people. You assert that you fought corruption and that you fought it quietly. Mr President not in the midst of the revelations that continue to say otherwise, Even the Special Fraud office in London, where several of your appointees reside, will marvel at the accuracy of such a comment. You left the reserve in shambles, knowing fully well, that Nigeria is an import dependent economy. If you assert that your hands are tied because some disgruntled elements threatened you with a court action, that is a joke. After all your friend Wike is a governor today, then do the same thing that he did on behalf of the Nigerian people. The good thing about a democratic environment is that the laws are not written on stone. This is to mention just a few policies that were determined by your actions and inactions while you held sway. I hope you are able to read this sometime.

  • Daniel

    The difference is clear between yesterday and today…

    Thank you sir.

  • Taiwo

    What does Jona want after the massive destruction he wrecked on the nation?