The Afenifere group has blasted President Buhari for not showing interest in restructuring the country despite agitations from many quarters.
The General Secretary of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, while reacting to the President’ speech, said if the country was not restructured, the problem facing it would persist and citizens would continue to suffer.
He said, “I hope Buhari is not telling us he is at war with the National Assembly because, I think the National Assembly has set up a committee on restructuring. The APC too has set up a committee. So he (Buhari) should not give us the feeling that he is at war with these people.
“I think maybe he is playing on words. I believe in the long run, somebody will explain to him what we are talking about. He is talking about process and structure. It is when we have a good structure that a process can work. If there is a bad structure, there would not be good government, institutions won’t work. Structure precedes the process.
“I hope the President is not at war with the National Assembly or the good people of Nigeria who are saying let us restructure Nigeria so that every Nigerian will surely benefit. Even Buhari himself will benefit from it”
But the spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said the issue of restructuring would determine who Nigerians would vote for in 2019, noting that Afenifere would mobilise and champion the restructuring cause in the general elections.
He said, “The President firing this kind of salvo was only drawing the line in the sand between the unitary and progressive forces who want Nigeria restructured so that it can make progress.
“It is clear that the party is trying to buy time with its committee on restructuring. The position of the President is very clear. What the party did is just a deception.”
When asked what proponents of restructuring should do, the Afenifere spokesman said they should mobilise Nigerians, stressing that the issue would determine the tone and tenor of the 2019 elections.
“Like Prof. Wole Soyinka said that whoever is against restructuring would not have his vote in 2019. Afenifere will be part of the forces that will ensure that Nigerians have a choice between pro-restructuring and anti-restructuring forces,” he added.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper)