Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow true federalism to take a stand in the present scheme of governance.
The socio-cultural group said that one of the true ways of strengthening the unity of the country would be to allow the implementation of a true federal state – where there is equality for all.
Afenifere made the appeal on Tuesday when they visited the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation led by Pa Ayo Fasanmi and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said: “On federalism, we seriously recommend clinging to the spirit and letters of our Federal Constitution.
This is one sure way of achieving the desired goal of unity even in diversity, mutual respect, tolerance and giving true meaning to the opening phrase of our Constitution that is, “we the people”.
“We will be a greater nation if we sincerely practice true federalism and think and act as Nigerians rather than as champions of the smaller units we were born into.
Our big size is an asset worthy of preservation. Good examples of big size, hard work and prudent spending are the USA, China and India.
It is not with violence or hate speeches but with mutual trust, self-respect and tolerance that we will speedily achieve the lofty destiny of this great country, Nigeria”.
Tasking the President on the need to step up mechanism for addressing security challenges, they advised Buhari to improve on the apparent shortage of the manpower in the Nigeria Police Force and by extending control of the Police from the State to Local Government level.
“By this, we humbly suggest that Mr. President should reflect deeply and consider recruitment, training, equipment and deployment of Nigerian Police on the basis of 774 Local Governments listed in the First Schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the Group told the President in plain words.
As a way of proffering solution to the challenge, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, who formed part of the delegation, said the newly elected governors from the South West extraction have mapped out strategies to help in eradicating kidnapping and other crimes such as banditry.
Durojaiye said: “Mr. President Sir, please permit me one more observation on the issue of security.
In apparent desire to supplement your efforts, the newly elected Governors of Western Nigeria extraction, have this very day, Tuesday the 25th June 2019, held a meeting in Ibadan to map out strategies to eradicate kidnapping and violent attacks.
They and other states will surely need more financial subvention and support”.
Afenifere also told the President that they were appreciative of the idea to declare June 12 as national democracy day, adding that the naming of the National Stadium in Abuja after Chief MKO Abiola, was the icing on the cake for the Yoruba nation.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has opened up on the reasons behind his suspension of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, hinging it on huge funds traced to his account which he failed to give detailed explanation.