Buhari Was A Child When We Negotiated Nigeria – Afenifere Leader, Adebanjo Slams President Over ‘Not Negotiable’ Claims

The chief of Yoruba’s socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo on Friday, lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for saying that Nigeria’s unity and existence is just not negotiable.

Adebanjo mentioned that Buhari, who’s 78 years previous, should have recognized that Nigeria’s Independence and phrases of unity have been negotiated within the Nineteen Fifties, however the President was a “small boy at the time, hence his ignorance.”

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Adebanjo, 93, mentioned this whereas responding to President Buhari’s Independence Day speech.

President Buhari had acknowledged that the unity of Nigeria stays non-negotiable.

But the Afenifere chief defined that in 1953 when the North opposed the decision for Independence and quite advocated ‘Araba’ (secession), Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe satisfied the northern management headed by Ahmadu Bello, to barter the phrases of their unity and finally their independence from British rule.

Adebanjo mentioned, “He (Buhari) is talking nonsense. These are the kinds of things that cause trouble. How can the President of a multinational, multilingual and multi-ethnic society say the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable? We negotiated the unity of Nigeria in 1954 before independence.

“The 1960 Constitution was a product of negotiation that arose from the London constitutional conference.

“Of course, I can’t blame him (Buhari). He was still in primary school at that time, so, he couldn’t understand. He should go back to the records.

“Before the constitutional conference, the country was being run as a unitary government and that was what caused the crisis.

“When we got to that conference, Chief Awolowo re-educated them that you cannot run the country as a unitary system. It was at that conference that Nnamdi Azikiwe was converted to federalism and when he returned from that conference, Azikiwe, at the airport, declared that federalism was imperative. It was in the Daily Times of 1954.”

Adebanjo added that the 1960 Constitution gave all of the areas monetary autonomy, such that each area was in a position to management its personal future and after the navy coup of 1966 and Nigeria grew to become a unitary state, issues started to go downhill.

He, due to this fact, argued for restructuring which he claims should be embraced for the nation to progress.

He additional famous that the 1999 Constitution which he mentioned was not based mostly on equity however exploitation of the South ought to be adequately seemed into.

The Afenifere chief additionally pointed a blame finger on Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the All Progressives Congress chief, Bola Tinubu, for paying lip service to restructuring.

Adebanjo mentioned that it was unlucky that Osinbajo and Tinubu, who promoted restructuring, are actually pretending as if it was not included within the APC manifesto through the election campaigns in 2015.

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Buhari Was A Child When We Negotiated Nigeria – Afenifere Leader, Adebanjo Slams President Over ‘Not Negotiable’ Claims

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