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Restructure Now To Avert Looming Disaster, Afenifere Tells Buhari

The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has asked President Muhahmmadu Buhari to begin to restructure the country to avoid looming disaster.

According to the group, the country must return to true federalism and full implementation must be executed before the end of the first half of 2022.

The group made these known in a statement released on Sunday by its spokesman, Jare Ajayi, after its council meeting at the Lagos home of its leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo.

Afenifere also supports the Southern governors to have laws banning open grazing latest by September 1, 2023.

The group, however, condemned some northern leaders and groups for opposing the ban on open grazing and their criticism of the resolution of the governors.

The statement reads: “The Nigerian nation is at the brink of an avoidable catastrophe that requires urgent actions. And the most potent recipe to prevent the catastrophe is restructuring that would return the country to true federalism.

“After reviewing recent developments in the country, Afenifere executive council said that the signs are ominous, requiring steps to prevent the country from apocalypse.

“The executive council meeting called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the national and state assemblies and all other concerned authorities to ensure that restructuring takes place within remaining part of this year. Its implementation in terms of true federalism in finance, security, social welfare must begin before the middle of next year.”

Afenifere expressed its support for the southern governors’ decision to ban open grazing. The organisation frowned at the criticism of the decision by some northern leaders, wondering what the nation has gained from open grazing.

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“Afenifere is in full support of the governors to have laws banning open grazing latest by September 1, this year. We notice that some states already have this law enacted,” the group said.

“We urge the remaining states to enact the law expeditiously. Beyond the enactment however, we call for immediate enforcement of the law so as to put an end to various vices that the act of open grazing is engendering.”

The pan Yoruba organisation added that cows reared in a ranch are “far more productive, healthier and are less tasking for the rearer compared to the ones being driven from one place to another in search of food and water”.

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