The Pan-Yoruba socio- cultural group, Afenifere has called on President Mohammadu to within the remaining few days left to the end of the three months in acting capacity of Justice Nkanu Onnoghen, forward his name to Senate for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The group, at a meeting held in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday, also asked the federal government to constitute a committee that will dialogue with other ethnic nationality to discourse a possible way of restructuring the country.
The meeting which was attended by Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olu Falae, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, Chief Bode George and Senator Iyiola Omisore also sought for the unity of the race irrespective of political, religion and social background.
Others present at the meeting includes : Senator Omololu Meroyi, Otunba Gbenga Kaka, Mr. Kole Omololu, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Dr. Akin Onigbinde, Chief Supo Sonibare, Mr. Tokunbo Ajasin, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa among others.
Reading the communiqué after about five hours meeting, the group spokesperson, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said the report of 2014 National conference, if implemented will have tackled the problems threatening the existence of the country.
In the communiqué, Afenifere expressed worry over what they described as mass killing in Southern Kaduna, Middle Belt communities, Igboland, in Oke-Ogun in Oyo State and different parts of the country where there were clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
According to Odumakin, “Meeting was elated that Yoruba has closed ranks as witnessed in historic gathering which represents a new beginning for the Yoruba nation. It is high time the Yoruba nation must put aside partisan differences and come together and make Yorubaland and redirect the affairs of Nigeria the way the Yoruba did in the years before independence when we worked with our friends in Nigeria to negotiate federal constitution which brought our independence.
“Meeting observed that the state of Nigeria at the moment is very frightening and worrying and uncertainty loom in the air. We are worried by the mass killing going on in Southern Kaduna and allover Nigeria and the states appeared to be helpless and sometimes unwilling to curb the excess of these killers as evidence in a governor who pronounced it to the whole country that those who kill our citizens are paid.
“Meeting expressed worry that Nigeria today lie prostrate in the intensive care of sick countries because we have refused to run Nigeria; the multi-ethnic state along federal lines.
“Meeting resolved to set up a high power committee to rouse Yoruba nation and to network with our friends and like minds across Nigeria to work on the urgency of now to insist that this country must be restructured before we go for another election in this country because we cannot afford to continue to slide dangerously on the part of anarchy.
“The main focus is to get all hands on deck for the mobilization towards the implementation of the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference which was submitted to the Federal Executive Council , that is the minimum we demand.
“Acting CJN, Nkanu Onnoghen . Afenifere was worried that almost few days to the expiration of the three months tenure in acting capacity allowed by our constitution, the President has refused to forward the recommendations of NJC to the National Assembly for confirmation.
“We see this as an assault on the constitution if the three months expire and he is not confirmed as CJN of Nigeria. It will be an assault on our constitution and an attempt to crudely end a carrier of a worthy Nigerian. Therefore we call on Mr President to within the few days left to the expiration of the acting tenure of Justice Onnoghen send his name to the Senate for confirmation as Nigeria CJN as he is the man in line because that is what the constitution says. “