Akure – Eminent personalities and leaders of thought in Yoruba nation, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure total restructuring of the country.
The Yoruba leaders, who converged on Akure, Ondo State capital, met at the residence of Afenifere leader, Chief Rueben Fasoranti. They called for the unity of the Yoruba people, and stressed the need for the race, in different political parties, to shun their differences and unite for the overall development of the race.
The leaders also called the need for the restructuring of the country. “President Buhari should take the glory of restructuring Nigeria. It will be a glory for him and he will forever be remembered if the country is restructured during his time.”
The meeting, which was at the instance of Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization, also created enabling environment for Yoruba leaders in different political parties, including All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) to interact together.
Those at the meeting included the convener, Chief Fasoranti, former secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, former deputy governor of Lagos State, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele and Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
Also speaking to New Telegraph about the meeting and its importance to Yoruba agenda and restructuring of the country, another Afenifere chieftain, who is a renowned Awoist, declared that Yoruba leaders will not support any candidate who is not ready to restructure Nigeria.
All Yoruba leaders irrespective of their political affiliation are invited to the meeting and the key issue is to discuss restructuring of Nigeria. We are not satisfied about governance in the country and that is why we are championing for restructuring. We need to restructure Nigeria and without restructuring, there is no way we can go further.
We are not going to support anybody or political party in 2019 unless they have plan for restructuring of Nigeria and new constitution to correct all the awkwardness in our system.
We believe there is need for restructuring of Nigeria because at presence, there is no viable structure under which any political party can govern Nigeria because the country is being governed by fraudulent document.
With the present state of the country, we don’t believe that any political party can do well in 2019, until the country is restructured and there is a new constitution in place. What we are particular about now is restructuring of the country,” he said.
Also at the meeting were the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, former deputy governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George, former deputy governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Kaka and former national chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Afenifere spokesperson, Odymakin said the meeting was organised in the interest of the Yoruba nation, adding that the essence was to ensure unity among the Yoruba people regardless of their political affiliation.
Odumakin said Yoruba leaders examined the state of insecurity in the country and called for an urgent stop to killings in all parts of the country.
Besides, the Yoruba leaders warned Fulani herdsmen against invasion of any part of the Yoruba nation, even as they called for restriction of cattle owned by Fulani, in all the communities and villages in Yorubaland.