The Yoruba socio- cultural organization, Afenifere has called on the Federal government to halt its plan to launch’ Operation Crocodile Smile ‘in the south west of the country. The operation comes in the wake of Python Dance in the south east. The group said such operation would encourage military takeover. It has also appealed to governors of Ondo and Osun to resolve brewing crisis between their supporters, insisting it doesn’t want war between two Yoruba states. Briefing newsmen at the end of the group’s meeting, spokesman for the group, Yinka Odubakin said although government has claimed the Crocodile Smile is to confront menace of badoo, Afenifere’s position is that the gang had been decimated by police and Oodua People’s Congress. “We insist that the military has no dut
The people and leaders of the Yoruba in the South-west, Kogi and Kwara States and the Diaspora have adopted the ‘Ibadan Declaration’ which seeks the immediate restructuring of the country. In a Restructuring Summit held in Ibadan, the Yorubas, after hours of deliberation, agreed that they no longer want to be governed under the 1999 constitution. They demanded for a six-regional structure as a condition for an indivisible country. The implication of the Ibadan Declaration adoption is that the Yoruba ethnic group are demanding regional governance. Present at the summit in show of solidarity were President of the Ohaneze Ndigo, Chief John Nwodo and leader of the South South Forum, Chief Albert Horsfall.
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has distanced himself from the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria by some section of Nigerians. Obasanjo, who faulted the call said what Nigeria needs now is not restructuring of the country but that of individual mentality.He made his stance known on the sidelines of the African Leadership Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The former President said Nigerians should restructure their minds before calling for restructuring of the country. Obasanjo said Nigerians’ focus should be on how to include everyone in a nation that is already well endowed. He said, “We have to restructure our mentality, we have to restructure our minds we have to restructure our understanding of Nigeria, what country do we want and if we decide on what co
A group, Midwest Movement, has threatened to declare Bendel Republic if the leadership of the country fails to play its constitutional role and entrench true federalism. The group listed the proposed states made up of Edo and Delta in 12 tribes as: Akoko-Edo, Esan, Benin, Etsako, Owan, Anionma, Ika, Ndokwa, Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw Itsekiri. The movement warned that should government continue to play the ostrich with the current agitations for restructuring, the Midwest region will resist all attempts to annex, attach or conscript it as part or any part of its near or far neighbours. Dr. Don Obaseki, Convener of the movement, in an eight-point demand in Benin, the Edo State capital yesterday, said the group was deeply concerned about the situation in the country, adding t...
Nigerian self-acclaimed social rights activist Charly Boy in an interview published by the Sun has advised Igbos to devote their time to other productive ventures instead f agitating for Biafra. Here are his words: "Unfortunately, the dreams of nationhood is lost on the altar of deception, and my Igbo brothers must be circumspect on the fact and history, and not be hoodwinked into some insane propaganda that will only lead to more wahala. "So, instead of Biafra, we should channel our energies and abilities towards developing the South-east to become the economic hub of Nigeria. Igbo nation and my people are great but for us to move forward we must kill our individualistic tendencies and come together to do great things. "The fall of Biafra after the genocide, starvation, and im...
Senator Abdulahi Bala Adamu, has lamented the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, the popular notion that northerners were the ones enjoying Buhari's tenure because he is from the region, is wrong. He was reacting to recent calls for the restructuring of Nigeria at the 2017 National Conference of the Public Administration and Management Development Institute (PAMDI)themed ‘Re-engineering the Nigeria state: Challenges and prospects.’ “The idea of existing federal structure and the clamour for restructuring that we are inundated with cannot be wished away", he said. “This perception of domination or injustice, I think, is based on a false premise. “As I stand before you, I had the privilege of getting free education from primary, secondary, univer
The Founder of One Love Family faction, Satguru Maharaj Ji, has said the present disturbances in Nigeria, won't prompt war. He expressed this while responding to newsmen today in Ibadan at the 37th commemoration of the foundation of the Maharaj group in Nigeria. “I have declared that there will be no war in Nigeria despite agitation for break up and quit notice in some parts of the country,” he said. Maharaj Ji also stated that political officer holders will continue to be corrupt, until the adoption of traditional oath taking. “Corrupt politicians will continue to go scot free in as much as they are not mandated to take oath by the god of thunder during their swearing-in,” he said.
Former Abia state governor, Orji Kalu has warned that there will be war if Igbos are attacked in any part of the country. He was reacting to the recent quit notice given Igbos by northerners. “Anybody that touches any Igbo man in terms of (saying) that we should quit; the country will go into war, and I will lead the war; if Igbos are touched”, he said in a show on Africa Independent Television, AIT. “Nobody can touch Igbos because this is our country. If anybody kills any of our brothers, we will go and fight back. We will not take it lightly that anybody kills any of us and then you will tell us to go and take it lightly again; no! We will not take that,” he said. He also dismissed the quit notice given to Igbos living in the north. “The quit notice means nothing; I know w
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday called on Nigerians to shun unnecessary agitations. The former President made the remark during a visit to the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Emmanuel Sideso, Abe 1 and the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli ; PUNCH reports. He said, “I have always said there is nothing wrong with Nigeria but there is a lot wrong with Nigerians. And what we need to do is to correct what is wrong with Nigerians. Some of us have to speak up. If things are wrong and you refuse to speak out you become an accomplice. Somebody is wrong I took him up. “We have to say this is not good enough and when we say this is not good enough we have to offer something greater than what is not good enough. There are a lot of things that are good than
Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere has lashed out at Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai for referring to those calling for restructuring as political opportunists. Publicity Secretary of the association, Yinka Odumakin said, “El-Rufai should tell us his own idea to correct the imbalance in the country, because as far as we are concerned, the 2014 confab report is about the closest to the democratic representation of Nigeria. “The confab consisted of representatives of all segments of the societies in Nigeria. But for somebody, who occupies a responsible office of a governor to be saying those who are talking about restructuring are irresponsible, it is very unfortunate. “It is very sad for the governor to be talking like an area boy on the television. In Niger