A pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has said the country is sitting on a time bomb if restructuring is not considered.
This was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday by Jare Ajayi, the national publicity secretary of the group.
Mr Ajayi said Afenifere resolved that the country must be restructured before the end of 2022. The meeting was held at the Lagos home of Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere.
“The Nigerian nation is at the brink of an avoidable catastrophe that requires urgent actions. And the most potent recipe to prevent the catastrophe is restructuring that would return the country to true federalism.”
“After reviewing recent developments in the country, Afenifere executive council said that the signs are ominous, requiring steps to prevent the country from apocalypse.”
“The executive council meeting called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the national and state assemblies and all other concerned authorities to ensure that restructuring takes place within the remaining part of this year. Its implementation in terms of true federalism in finance, security, social welfare must begin before the middle of next year.”
The group also applauded the decision by southern governors’ to ban open grazing.
“Afenifere is in full support of the governors to have laws banning open grazing latest by September 1, this year. We notice that some states already have this law enacted.”
“We urge the remaining states to enact the law expeditiously. Beyond the enactment however, we call for immediate enforcement of the law so as to put an end to various vices that the act of open grazing is engendering.”
“The pan Yoruba organisation added that cows reared in a ranch are “far more productive, healthier and are less tasking for the rearer compared to the ones being driven from one place to another in search of food and water.”