Afenifere, Ohaneze give Atiku the thumbs up for comment on restructuring

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar seems to
have finally struck a chord with some regional
socio-cultural groups with his call for the
restructuring of the country’s federalism, which
he said has been the major culprit in the nation’s
stunted development, as the pan-Yoruba group,
Afenifere and the apex Igbo group, Ohaneze
Ndigbo have backed his call.
Atiku, who faulted the over concentration of
power and resources at the centre, spoke at a
the launch of a book, We are all Baifrans written
by Chido Onumah in Abuja,
Aligning with Atiku’s call, Afenifere and
Ohanaeze Ndigbo called on the President
Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to
adopt true federalism, adding that it was the
only way solutions to the country’s problems
can easily be found.
Afenifere’s scribe, Mr. Sehinde Arogbofa, while
speaking for the group, said there was the need
for the President to implement the report of the
2014 confab which, according to him, contains
the solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
He said: “The late Papa Obafemi Awolowo said
that we have to restructure the country but as
we are now, we don’t have a true federalism to
favour any geographical region.
“In a true federal structure, every component that
makes up the federation would be allowed to
exist at its own pace, which is not what is
happening now. We have always preached what
would make every component to be free, proud,
develop and be ready to innovate.”
The Afenifere scribe lamented President Buhari’s
attitude to the report of the 2014 National
Conference, adding that he has not shown any
signal that he would implement the confab
report.
To Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of Afenifere,
Atiku’s call for the restructuring of the federation
is a welcome development.
Adebanjo said: “Atiku’s view is a welcoming
view. He has been consistent on the call for the
need for the country to restructure. He wrote an
opinion article during the national confab, stating
that there was the need for the restructuring of
the country.”
The President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief
Enwo Igariwey, also re-echoed Afenifere’s
sentiments, noting that the Ohanaeze and other
delegates from the South-East had canvassed
for the restructuring of the country during the
last national constitutional conference organised
by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Igariwey, restructuring was in the
best interest of the country.
“That (restructuring) was our position during the
last national constitutional conference. We have
been calling for restructuring; we believe it is in
the best interest of the country”.
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