We’re disappointed in Osinbajo, says Afenifere

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Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, yesterday tongue-lashed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over his comment in the United States that what Nigerians need is not restructuring, but good governance.


Afenifere stated that they are disappointed in the vice president over his position on restructuring.

Also, the mainstream Yoruba organisation faulted the position of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference that the rule of law should be subsumed under the national security.
Besides, the group said the inability of President Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act contravened the ECOWAS’ protocol, which stated that no member state would amend its electoral law six months to elections except agreed to by all stakeholders.

Osinbajo, at a town hall meeting in the United States at the weekend, had said: “The problem of our country is not the matter of restructuring and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the argument that our problems are drawn from geographical restructuring; it is about managing resources properly and providing for people properly.”

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But spokesperson forAfenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, told New Telegraph that Osinbajo’s position has passed the level of disappointment.

His words: “Initially, we were disappointed in the vice president over his position on restructuring. We can no longer be disappointed in him. We have passed the stage of being disappointed in Osinbajo. He cannot shock us anymore.

“This is not the first time he is speaking against restructuring. So, we are getting use to him in terms of throwing punches against what we stand for. So, it is now his badge.

“We were disappointed when he started all this, but he cannot disappoint us anymore.”

In a communiqué read at the monthly meeting of Afenifere held at the residence of its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the group said it was one of the manifestoes of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that it would restructure the polity if elected into office.

After about five hours’ deliberation, Odumakin, stated that Afenifere faulted Osinbajo’s claim.

Odumakin said: “The statement of the VP should be viewed against the background that in 2014, APC as a party, inserted restructuring into its manifestos and, in 2017 when the argument about restructuring became so loud, they set up the El-Rufai’s committee to go and provide their own idea of restructuring and, up till now, they have not told us their new definition, only for them to be telling us that restructuring is not our problem.”

According to him, “that shows clearly that restructuring, for APC, is an issue to play to the gallery with; they don’t believe in it; they are not committed to it. And for the vice president to say the problem of Nigeria is managing resources, we want to ask them how much of it they have done in the last three years? How much of providing for the people have they done? How much of managing resources have they done with the monumental corruption? Transparent International has said corruption has worsened under this administration.”

Apart from the question of lack of coordination and incompetence in this government, Afenifere said: “It is clear that there are structural issues that are making it difficult to deliver to the people. And in any case, the issue confronting us today is not all about good governance. “We have bad governance and bad structures and this is why we are experiencing bad governance within bad structures, but even if we have good governance, there are issues in our polity that good governance alone cannot resolve.