The chief of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, has stated former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, must persuade President Muhammadu Buhari to convey a nationwide dialogue over the agitations happening within the nation.
Adebanjo added that Babangida didn’t consider in Nigeria and solely made obscure statements.
The Afenifere chief said these in an interview with People’s Gazette, in response to the sooner interview granted by the dictator to Arise TV, the place he (Babangida) had claimed that he believed in the way forward for Nigeria.
Adebanjo stated, “I know Babangida to be neither here nor there. He doesn’t believe in Nigeria. We call him Maradona. Let him come out straight. I can’t be dribbled. He is a dribbler. I know Babangida. What does he mean by that?
“That can be interpreted in many ways. Come out straight. I believe in one Nigeria. All Nigerians must be equal partners. That must be clear.”
The Yoruba chief identified that the one approach to present concern for Nigeria’s future was for Buhari to organise a nationwide dialogue to deal with points that threaten the nation’s unity.
“In what respect does he (Babangida) believe in Nigeria? A Nigeria in which one ethnic group dominates the others or what? We want to keep Nigeria together. Let us sit down and have a dialogue on the constitution and the Electoral Act slanted against the South. Let Babangida convince Buhari to let us have a dialogue. I’m not interested in vague statements,” he added.