Should Asks God for Forgiveness
The Pan Yoruba Socio-Political Organisation, Afenifere, has described the statement credited to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who is presently in New York, USA, that the issue of kidnapping in Nigeria was overblown by the media as a lie, adding that as ordained minister of God, he should seek forgiveness .
Afenifere in a communique titled, “We can’t bear it anymore” at the end of its General Assembly in Akure today, said the Yorubaland is still under siege.
The group said it was scandalized by opportunistic and provocative utterances of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in New York on Sunday, dismissing the danger we are faced it in Yorubaland as well as by other zones in Nigeria as being “politically motivated.
.”As if he is unaware that we are in a digital world , which explains why America and Britain have issued travel directives to their citizens not travel to more than 2/3 of Nigeria, the VP without much thought for his integrity stated “With respect to general kidnapping which we have seen in parts of the country ,again, this is not entirely new.In fact ,some of the kidnapping stories you read or listen to are simply not true anywhere ,some are fueled by politics .” He said.
Below is the full communique
We can’t bear it anymore !
The General Assembly of Afenifere held today at the Akure home of the Leader, Chief R.F Fasoranti. After exhaustive deliberations on the state of the nation ,the following communique was adopted .
A Yorubaland Still Under Siege:
Meeeting reviewed the state of security in Yorubaland and was overwhelmed by reports of traumatization of our people by Fulani herdsmen/kidnappers/militia all across the Six states in the zone as well as Kwara and Kogi States.
All the reports provided clear indications of failure of state as the security forces have largely incapable or unwilling to safeguard the lives of our people against these Criminals as we are not aware of any of them that has been arrested or is under trial at the moment just as all the Federal Government has done so far is to make excuses for the Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah groups that have been accused of so many crimes against the people of Nigeria.
It is against this backdrop that the meeting was scandalized by the opportunistic and provocative utterances of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in New York on Sunday dismissing the danger we are faced it in Yorubaland as well as by other zones in Nigeria as being “politically motivated .”As if he is unaware that we are in a digital world , which explains why America and Britain have issued travel directives to their citizens not travel to more than 2/3 of Nigeria, the VP without much thought for his integrity stated “With respect to general kidnapping which we have seen in parts of the country ,again, this is not entirely new.In fact ,some of the kidnapping stories you read or listen to are simply not true anywhere ,some are fueled by politics .”
Meeting frowned at this unfortunate comments by the Vice President who shames the Yoruba people with his very cheap politicking with the lives of Nigerians.
Aside from the daily tales of horror across Yorubaland in the hands of these Fulani marauders ,meeting would like Osinbajo to answer the following questions :
1 Is the report of the kidnap of a District Head from President Buhari’s town from May 1 till date politically motivated ?And was the President speaking of another country when he handed kidnappers on rampage to God?
2 Was former Health Minister ,Prof Isaac Adewole playing politics when it was announced that his son was kidnapped ?
3 What politics was afoot when the Ondo State Governor recently announced that his convoy was waylaid by kidnappers ?
If he cannot answer these questions,he should kneel before his God and ask for forgiveness for violating “Thou shall not lie” commandment .
We further admonish him not to allow whatever ambition and political interest he serves to push him to make such infuriating comments as the No 2 man in the country again.
As a people who cannot continue to bear what is going on,and we believe it is so with so many communities in Nigeria, meeting made the following demands:
A We restate our earlier call on Mr President to separate the office of the President of Nigeria which he occupies from being also the grand patron of Miyetti Allah which we suspect makes it very difficult for security agents to go after members of this group whenever they commit or are accused of crimes.
B There must be immediate enforcement of law and order as an urgent measure to flush out these criminal elements from our society .
C There must be immediate steps taken to rework Nigeria to take it back to the practise of FEDERALISM so that every federating unit can have their police to secure their environment.
D In order to cut the production line of criminals and bandits we must have the practice of Federalism in many key spheres especially the economy so that all federating units must have the rights to tap whatever is under their soil so that new corridors of prosperity are created to eradicate the massive unemployment in the county so we can cease to be the headquarters of poverty .
Finally ,meeting congratulates His Excellency Engr.Seyi Makinde ,a member of the group on his election and swearing -in as the Governor of Oyo State.We wish him all the best as he settles down to the business of governance .
We encourage him to be mindful of his Afenifere roots in making difference in governance by bringing smiles to the faces of his people .
National Publicity Secretary