The Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has strongly condemned the desecration of federal spirit with which the country, Nigeria, is supposed to be governed as further demonstrated by the exchanges between the Lagos State Governor Sanwo-olu and officers of the Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Comrade Jare Ajayi, the confession by the CSP who led the police team to the Magodo Estate that he had to disobey the governor as he takes orders from appointed officials in Abuja “has totally exposed the lie that Nigeria is practising a federal system of government. The country is officially called Federal Republic of Nigeria while the extant constitution dubs each of the state governors as the Chief Security Officer of his or her respective states. Yet, when Governor Sanwo-olu wanted to take a step he considered necessary for the issue at hand, an obstacle was put on his way. That this came through two officers of federal government that were appointed made the situation to be even more irritating, the AGF and the IGP.
Afenifere is demanding for unreserved apologies from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for this despicable affront.
Not only that, the Pan Yoruba organisation is demanding the immediate take-off of State Police by any state that is ready to establish such.
Nigeria should no longer be ran as a country under a Unitary System of Government.
Ajayi in the statement used the opportunity to say that the tendency to resort to self help in enforcing court judgements is also condemnable.
Were the police being fair in following one party to go and enforce what was considered to be an order of the court?
Court orders are supposed to be respected summarily. Where a party failed to do this, there are established legal processes to handle such a situation.
Afenifere implores every one to toe the path of legality, the path of fairness and justice and not to employ self help to enforce even thier rights as doing so may be detrimental to overall common interest.
In conclusion, Afenifere spokesman called for the disbandment and repudiation of all practices that are impeding the practice and application of true federalism in Nigeria.