Dayo Johnson Akure
AFENIFERE, the Socio-Political group yesterday reviewed the myriad of Problem threatening the cooperate existence of the Country and reiterated its call for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference SNC.
Rising from a meeting held in the residence of its National Leader Chief Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the group called on President Goodluck Jonathan to as a matter of urgency put machinery in place to convoke the SNC.
Reading the communique after the over four hours meeting its Publicity Secretary Yinka Odumakin said in Akure that so many ugly incidences are overheating the politik.
Odumakin said the rampaging activities of the dreaded Boko Haram and the drum beat of war by ethnics groups calls for urgent address via the convocation of the SNC.
He allay fears that all political structures would be dismattled by the convocation of the SNC but rather that the voice of Nigerians would matter in the running of the affairs of the Country.
Odumakin who lauded both President Jonathan and the Senate President David Mark for not objecting to the idea of convoking the SNC however appealed to others who are expressing fears that they would loose out to consider the interest of the country and not their selfish interest.
” To avoid the ship of this Country, we have no other option than to convoke SNC. The tension in this Country is heightened, the politik is been overheated and the warning signal is too glaring.
Speaking on ASUU strike, Afenifere appealed to the lecturers and the government to resolve their disagreement so as not to further jeopardize the future of the students.
The socio political group expressed concern over political intolerance in some States in the South West where opponents are intimidated by govern$ent in power.
It appealed to political actors to stop the use of thugs to intimidate their opponents ahead of the next election.
The group asked the Police to remain neutral in discharging its constitutional role and stopped been used as Political thugs.
On the re election of President Jonathan, Afenifere said the nation’s constitution allows him to recontest if he so wishes.
” Our group is not against anyone contesting or not contesting. Let the electorate decide the fate of any politician seeking political Office.
“Nigerians should stop overheating the politik, create divisions. If care is not taken this can creat division and before you know it a politician would not be allowed to campaign in one areas of the country while another will be allowed.
” Let Nigerians decide who they want through their votes. Afenifere is not against anybody contesting or not contesting. The Nigerian constitution guarantees any Nigerian to seek for any Political office.
Present at the meeting include Chief Olu Falae, Chief Olanihun Ajayi, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Supo Sonibare, Jimi Agbaje, Iyiola Omisore,Segun Ojo, Kole Omotosho, Akinyemi Onigbinde, Sehinde Arogbofa and Korede Duyile. Amongst other Yoruba leaders across the South West. END