Restructuring, only solution, must be done before 2023, Afenifere insists

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has insisted that the country must be restructured before the next general election.

The group said this in a communique on Tuesday at the end the meeting held at the house of its acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.

The communique was made available to journalists in Ibadan by the National Publicity Secretary Afenifere, Jare Ajayi.

The group said restructuring was the solution to the many problems confronting the country, adding that this must be done to tackle the problem insecurity and many others.

It reads partly, “The meeting took notice President Muhammadu Buhari’s address at the United Nations, especially where he called for the reform of the world body and recommendation dialogue to resolve Palestinian/Israeli issues. Afenifere enjoins the President to key into restructuring that it (Afenifere) has been advocating as restructuring is similar to the reform that the President wants to see at the UN.

“Afenifere again reiterated its position that restructuring remains the panacea to solve the multi various problems bedevilling the country now. And we insist that this restructuring should be done before the next elections in the country.”

The Yoruba group said every community must be at alert and realise that they must defend themselves bandits who seemed to have declared war on entire Nigeria.

It called on the Federal Government and security agencies to be more decisive in the way they tackle security issues that had made living in Nigeria painful.

The communique reads further, “It is a known fact that Afenifere strongly stands by the southern governors in their resolution on anti-grazing laws, on Value Added Tax and on a person southern extraction becoming the President of Nigeria in 2023.

“We note with delight, the court judgment that empowers the states to collect VAT. We urge governments to further explore more areas to deepen democracy and enhance the frontier true federalism in Nigeria.”