By Saheed Ibrahim
The Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, Afenifere has described the EndSars protest as a product of unitary rule in the police system in the country, condemning the Nigerian Army for opening live bullets on protesting youth at Lekki toll gate in October 10, 2020.
As contained in a communique issued after the group’s national leadership caucus meeting held at the Akure country home of its Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the Afeniferes also berated the Federal Government for telling untruths about the unfortunate incident despite the CNN report.
“ENDSARS was a bye-product of unitary rule which promotes single policing that does not allow policemen to relate with their culture and in the process violating people’s rights because of clash of culture in the way SARS profile young people whose cilture they don’t understand as criminals because they wear some haircuts and by the way the way they dress.
“It has become more disheartening that the Nigerian government continues to tell all untruths about the massacre in spite of the CNN revelations and the Lagos coroner advertising unidentified dead bodies dumped in its mortuaries from 19-27 Oct 2020.
“It smacks of absolute lack of conscience for anybody to still be talking of “massacre without dead bodies”
We are not sure that the current investigation is capable of unraveling what happened in Lekki”, the communiqué, signed by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin reads.
Afenifere also frowned at the Sectional Kaduna meeting held between the Arewa top notchers in Buhari government; describing it as insensitive and a pure damage to the “non-negotiable unity” they are deceiving non-Arewa Nigerians with.
The group however commended the United Kingdom parliament over it’s decision to sanction top Nigerian politicians over the fallout of the ENDSARS protest in the country,saying it is a welcome decision.
The Afeniferes did not mince words in condemning another provocative attack on Chief Olu Falae’s farm by Fulani herdsmen, calling on “President Buhari who is also the grand patron of Miyetti Allah, to bring this unfortunate development to an end” and also apologise to Chief Falae.
Other resolutions of the Yoruba Socio-Cultural group was immediate opening of Nigerian borders, call on government to end poverty, hunger and insecurity in the country and implementation of 2014 National CONFAB report.
“As Nigeria enters the worst recession in 33 years and the second in 5 years of Buhari we are equallybesieged by attendant poverty /hinged as well as insecurity worsening across the land with kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits on the prowl and government helpless and unable to govern effectively.
“The truth is that the country had virtually become ungovernable and unless we restructure and restore Nigeria to federalism,the country is on the brink of callapse and God should save us from the worst case scenario. Nobody should take this country on any childish ride, we should just implement the report of 2014 conference now”, the group demanded.
Speaking with The Hope after the meeting, the Secretary General, Afenifere, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa said the EndSars protest was a sign that the Federal government had failed in it’s duties to the citizens, calling for the introduction of state police to curb high rate of insecurity in the country.
He said the FG should provide adequate employment for the youth, saying a idle hand is a devil’s workshop.