The Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere has requested the Federal Government should immediately approve state police to enable states to protect themselves as acts of terrorism, kidnapping, herders/farmers clashes is growing in Nigeria.
According to this group, restructuring of this nation is and will remain the only way to fix Nigeria, and urges the government to restructure before the general elections in 2023.
The demands were made by Afenifere in a communique issued at the end of a meeting presided over by its leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo in Sanya-Ogbo, Ijebu Ode.
” In fact, the security apparatus should be democratised down to the local level. Every community must be at alert to realise that they must defend themselves from bandits who seem to have declared war on Nigeria.”
“We insist that this restructuring should be done before the next elections in the country.”
The communique signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi also blasted the influx of foreigners into Nigeria using the tag of ‘commercial motorcycle riders’.
The group claimed these foreigners have worsened the security situation and called on indigenous communities in the country to be on the alert.
“It is a known fact that Afenifere strongly stands by the southern governors in their resolution on anti-grazing laws. We commend the steps taken by the governors of the South-West states on the establishment of security networks like Amotekun. We urge them to continue to forge ahead.”
“We note with concern the illegal mining activities going on in various parts of our land, especially by non-indigenes. In many cases, the manner of this activity is not only jeopardising the economic and agricultural activities of our people in these areas, the security of the people is also being seriously threatened”, Afenifere said.