Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, says Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) are the enemies of the country’s unity.
Mr Adebanjo, an elder statesman stated this on Wednesday when he featured on an ARISE News programme, The Morning Show and noted that President Buhari has a hidden agenda because he has refused to restructure the country back to federalism.
He said both the West African country’s President Buhari and his media aide Garba Shehu have refused to address the many problems plaguing the country which stems from the Nigerian constitution.
“The problem we are having in the country now is because of this constitution, people should get that clear. It appears both Garba Shehu and his boss, Buhari they don’t address the question,” Chief Adebanjo said.
“I have said that this constitution is a fraudulent constitution. It is not the constitution we agreed to at independence. This unitary form of government with all its imperfections and impositions which has enslaved the south to the north was imposed on us by the military, and Garba Shehu and Buhari have not addressed that question.
“That is why I say Buhari and the APC are the number one enemy of Nigerian unity if they refuse to restructure the country back to federalism.”
Mr Adebanjo also in a veiled manner seemed to suggest that the Afenifere group may call for a boycott of the 2023 presidential election should agitations for a restructured constitution not be dealt with.
He said: “We are very definite in Afenifere, we are not prevaricating. The question of (2023) presidency now for us does not arise. This country is in pieces now, until that one is done then we can talk about where the presidency will go.
“The presidency will go to where the constitution provides. We are not going to do another election or be in this country where a section of the country will be dictating to us who will be the president at his grace.
“That is why we don’t believe in any election now until this constitution is scrapped and the new one will be principled on federalism and strictly observed.
“… We are seeing the deceit in the Buhari government trying to do an election. An election now is a diversion with this confusion in the country, security bad, economy bad, education bad, there is a state of flux in this country.
“We don’t believe in any election now until the question of the country is settled peacefully.”
By Abel Ejikeme