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This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere
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This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said the ''failure'' of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country is fuelling agitations of secession by groups within the country. Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, 93, alleged Buhari's stubbornness to implement federalism will only make secession inevitable while also saying Buhari was hiding in the 'Fulanization' of Nigeria The Yoruba chieftain also said the 2023 election will not happen in Nigeria if the current state of insecurity is not handled while claiming the country's leadership has no clue on how to handle the security crisis in the country. "The people in charge have no clue to manage the country. And as long as you are not carrying every section of the country along with you, you can’t win any ...
I Am 92 Years, Afenifere Needs A Younger Leader – Ayo Adebanjo
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I Am 92 Years, Afenifere Needs A Younger Leader – Ayo Adebanjo

New acting national leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere Chief Ayo Adebanjo on Tuesday said he would have desired a much younger person to be in charge of the group’s affairs. The former national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti who is 95 years old stepped down from the position due to old age. According to him, the development became necessary because the group needs an improved organisation with more effective approach to combat the challenges facing Yoruba people. But speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, 92 year-old Adebanjo said he would have desired a much more younger person to step into Fasoranti’s shoes as the group’s leader, adding that the issue will be looked into in the near future. “I am not at that meeting where the decision was taken to...
Afenifere Backs #EndSARS Protesters, Says Time For Restructuring Is Now
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Afenifere Backs #EndSARS Protesters, Says Time For Restructuring Is Now

Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere on Monday added its voice to the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protests, saying restructuring remains the only solution to the current struggle. It called for the devolution of more powers to states while asking the Executive and the National Assembly to reduce the cost of governance. Afenifere hailed Nigerian youth whom it noted “have risen to say enough to the excesses of the Nigerian state symbolized by the crimes of SARS at this period in history.” “This is not the time for long speeches. The message is clear: Let us now rescue Nigeria from imminent disintegration and destruction. Let us restructure our country into a fairer, more just and equitable polity now,” said Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti in a statement. The gro...
Fasoranti, Clarke, Nwodo, 13 Others Sue Buhari Over Lopsided Appointments
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Fasoranti, Clarke, Nwodo, 13 Others Sue Buhari Over Lopsided Appointments

Eminent socio-cultural leaders from southern and middle-belt Nigeria have sued the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for N50 billion over marginalisation of the people of the region in the appointments to security, quasi-security agencies and “strategic agencies” of government. The 16 plaintiffs filed the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/595/2020, at the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 8, 2020. Among the plaintiffs are an Ijaw leader, Chief E. K Clarke, the Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr John Nwodo, a leader of the Middle Belt people, Dr. Pogu Bitrus. They also include Dr Pogu Bitrus, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alaowei Bozimo, Mrs Sarah Doketri, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Air Commodore Idongsit Nkanga, a former Deputy Gove...
SARS Arrest Killers Of Funke Olakunrin, Nine Months After
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SARS Arrest Killers Of Funke Olakunrin, Nine Months After

Nine months after she was brutally murdered in Ondo state, men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have arrested killers of the late Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. Making the disclosure in a press release on Monday, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary said out of the four suspects arrested, three are from the northern part of the country. The statement reads “After nine months after she was brutally murdered , the SARS in Ondo state has arrested four suspects in the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of our Leader Chief R. F Fasoranti”. “Three out of the four suspects arrested so far are from the northern part of the country. They are said to have made useful confessions to the police”. “We com...
Ayo Adebanjo Tells Buhari To Divide Nigeria Into Its Original Units Immediately
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Ayo Adebanjo Tells Buhari To Divide Nigeria Into Its Original Units Immediately

Leader of a leading Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, without further delay, break the country into its original units if he does not want to restructure. Adebanjo told the Sun that anarchy looms in the country. He emphasized that the constitution foisted on the people had been the cause of the nation’s problems. The elder statesman said that Nigeria should be broken so that each group goes to its place and enjoy peace. According to him, there has been disobedience to rule and illegal detention of persons who speak out against the government of the day. “When a court gives an instruction, and you don’t obey; when you ask people to be detained without trial, you obstruct the rule of law? That is unfort...
North May Keep Presidency For 100 Years – Ango Abdullahi
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North May Keep Presidency For 100 Years – Ango Abdullahi

The Chairman of Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi has warned that the North will only support candidates from the region in the race for 2023 presidency. He condemned outspoken Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo for blaming Hausa/Fulani as being responsible for Nigeria’s problems saying it is an illusion to create a new Nigeria without the Hausa/Fulani. He emphasized that zoning or power shift, which many southern leaders are agitating for is unconstitutional and would not be supported by the North. He spoke further on these and more in this interview by ABDULLAHI HASSAN in Zaria. Northern elders have been silent on national issues for quite some time. What happened? It is true that for quite some time especially in the month preceding the 2019 elections, the Norther...
No Power Can Hold Our Youths If They Want To Break Away – Prof Akintoye
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No Power Can Hold Our Youths If They Want To Break Away – Prof Akintoye

PROFESSOR Banji Akintoye is a historian, and one of the leading scholars on the history of the Yoruba people. In this interview, Akintoye, who was Deputy Youth Leader of Action Group (AG) in the First Republic, expresses worry that the causes of the Jan 16, 1966 coup and the ‘revenge coup’ of July 29 of the same year are still staring Nigeria in the face. An Afenifere leader and senator who represented Ekiti Central in the Second Republic on the platform of then-Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) led by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he spoke  in his Lagos residence last week. Opinions are divided about the inevitability of the Jan 16, 1966 coup after the crisis in the Western Region proved intractable. But the general view is that the political leaders of that time behaved badly. With a...
Northern Elders’ Forum orders Fulani herdsmen to vacate Southern Nigeria
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Northern Elders’ Forum orders Fulani herdsmen to vacate Southern Nigeria

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked all Fulani herdsmen residing in the Southern part of the country to vacate immediately if their security is no longer guaranteed. Activities of Herdsmen have come under serious scrutiny after the recent killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader and a 40 year old farmer in Ogun state.   Chairman of Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, who addressed newsmen at a press conference in Abuja earlier today, said the order for the return of the herdsmen  was borne out of the realization that the lives of Fulani herdsmen residing in Southern Nigeria have been put at risk due to the actions and utterances of Southern Governors in recent days. In his words   “We are worried about their well-being. If it is t...
Insecurity: Senate, Presidency To Hold National Security CONFAB
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Insecurity: Senate, Presidency To Hold National Security CONFAB

According to a report by The Nation, the gruesome murder of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, was hotly debated in the Senate Tuesday. Senators took turns to point a way out of increasing insecurity in parts of the country. At the end of the debate, the upper chamber resolved to hold a national security conference to address security challenges facing the country. The resolution followed a Point of Order on the murder of Mrs. Olakunrin on Friday by gunmen in Ondo State along Ore-Benin Expressway. Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo central) who raised the Point of Order expressed regret over the death of Mrs. Olakunrin. The Ondo Central senator feared that with the mounting security challenges, foreign investors would be scared off the country. The proposed...
Nigeria’s Cup Is Full – Tunde Bakare Reacts To Funke Olakunrin Murder
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Nigeria’s Cup Is Full – Tunde Bakare Reacts To Funke Olakunrin Murder

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, has declared that Nigeria’s cup is full with the killing of the daughter of PA Reuben Fasoranti, Mrs Olufunke Fasoranti by yet to be identified gunmen. The fiery cleric, who broke down in tears while delivering his sermon on Sunday, wondered how Nigeria found itself in a situation where life counted for nothing even to the leaders, adding that with the latest killing, Nigeria’s ‘cup is full.’ According to Bakare, political and security leaders in the country are both had been playing politics with the lives of the citizens through deliberate inaction. “A few weeks ago here, I called the attention of the nation to the impostors who visited Aso Rock in the name of Afenifere leaders. Now you have killed the daughter of the r...
VP Osinbajo Pays Condolence Visit To Afenifere Leader, Reuben Fasoranti
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VP Osinbajo Pays Condolence Visit To Afenifere Leader, Reuben Fasoranti

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, this morning paid a condolence visit to Afenifere leader, Chief Rueben Fasoranti, to commiserate with him over the death of his daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, who was killed by suspected armed robbers along the Benin/Ore expressway last Friday July 12th Osinbajo arrived the Fasoranti residence in company of the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Gov Akeredolu Fumes Over Murder Of Pa Fasoranti’s Daughter
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Gov Akeredolu Fumes Over Murder Of Pa Fasoranti’s Daughter

Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has condemned the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. Describing the death of Mrs Olakunrin as “one death too many, Gov Akeredolu emphasized that the killing of the 58-year-old daughter of the Pan Yoruba Socio-political Leader “is unacceptable and condemnable.” Recall that the deceased was reported to have been shot by suspected Fulani herdsmen in her Land Cruiser SUV within the Ore axis of the Benin-Sagamu expressway. She was said to be heading to Akure, the Ondo State capital from Lagos when her attackers struck on Friday. According to the governor, in a statement signed by the Commissioner, Donald Ojogo, “this sad development once again, heightens the level of fear that has pervaded ...
Murderer Of Afenifere Leader’s Daughter Must Be Brought To Book – Gov. Akeredolu
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Murderer Of Afenifere Leader’s Daughter Must Be Brought To Book – Gov. Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor, Akakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN condemna in strong terms, the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. This is one death too many. It is unacceptable and condemnable. Accordimg to the governor, this sad development once again, heightens the level of fear that has pervaded our Nation even as it represents a despicable commentary in all ramifications. To say the least, it represents an unenviable turning point, the depth of everything that is evil. On behalf of the State Executive Council, the Governor symphatizes with our foremost leader and indeed the people of the State over this dastardly act . However, the governor wishes to appeal to all and sundry to remain calm and allow the Police to unravel ...
‘No Igbo President, No Nigeria’ – Elder Statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo
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‘No Igbo President, No Nigeria’ – Elder Statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has come hard on politicians from other regions angling to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. In this interview with VINCENT KALU, the Afenifere leader, said for peace to reign in Nigeria, the Southeast should produce the next president of the country. According to him, unless the nation goes back to true federalism, Nigeria is headed towards a breakup. What is your view on the allegation made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that plans were underway to ‘Fulanise’ and ‘Islamise’ Nigeria and West Africa? I have been talking about it before, and some people said that I was talking non- sense. When he was in power, he encouraged them to have Sharia. I have been saying it, and I even accused the vice president that, as a pastor, h...
We Won’t Respond To Ayo Adebanjo – Presidency
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We Won’t Respond To Ayo Adebanjo – Presidency

The presidency on Wednesday said it will not comment on the remarks made by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and Afenifere leader that he will not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election until the courts declares him as the winner. Adebanjo in a chat with Daily Independent had also said he is ready for arrest if the Federal Government believes his remark is treasonable. Speaking with our correspondent, Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President said he has no reaction to Adebanjo’ s statement, adding that the Afenifere leader is merely expressing his opinion. “I don’t have any reaction to what he has said. He is only expressing his opinion”. On calls by some Nigerians that Adebanjo shoul...
Biafra50: Nigerians Can’t Be Forced To Live Together – Afenifere Replies Ag Pres
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Biafra50: Nigerians Can’t Be Forced To Live Together – Afenifere Replies Ag Pres

Biafra at 50: Nigerians can’t be forced to live together – Afenifere leader, Adebanjo replies Osinbajo A leader of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Ayo Adebanjo, has countered claim of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who had cited the unity in multicultural US as an example of how Nigerians should live. Citing how the US with its diverse people and cultures had been able to evolve to become the greatest country on the planet, Osinbajo had said Nigerians were greater together than apart. But, speaking at the Biafra conference in Abuja, on Thursday, Adebanjo said the Acting President was wrong, stressing that American citizens were not forced to live together. The Afenifere leader insisted that Nigerians were being forced to stay together and this was would not hel...

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