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Afenifere Denies Endorsing Tinubu
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Afenifere Denies Endorsing Tinubu

The South-West based socio-political group, Afenifere, has denied supporting the presidential bid of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, or any aspirant for the 2023 presidential election. This is coming on the heels of a viral statement by the leader of South West Agenda, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, purporting that his group secured the support of Afenifere for its candidate during a visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, erstwhile Afenifere leader, on Tuesday. However, Afenifere denied endorsing any candidate in a statement by its Director of Communications, Sola Lawal, titled, ‘Afenifere denies endorsing presidential aspirant’, on Wednesday. Lawal stated that the group is still mourning the demise of its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in whose honou...
Pa Fasoranti Backs Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition
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Pa Fasoranti Backs Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition

An Elder Statesman and former Leader of a socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has expressed support for the presidential ambition of the APC National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu. Fasoranti stated this while receiving members of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (SWAGA 23), who paid him a courtesy visit in his country home in Akure. “Tinubu has all it takes to rule Nigeria. Considering his activities and track record, he deserves to be President, come 2023. “May his prayers be answered. When he gets there, he will do all we want,” he said. According to the Afenifere leader, with Tinubu as president, all the prayers of Afenifere for Nigeria will be answered, particularly on the issue of restructuring and federalism. Earlier, Prince D...
Dapo Abiodun Mourns Odumakin, Describes Death As Painful
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Dapo Abiodun Mourns Odumakin, Describes Death As Painful

Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has mourned the death of the spokesperson of the Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, describing his death as "painful". Odumakin was reported to have died in a Lagos hospital on Saturday morning. But Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, declared that the South-West has lost a courageous human rights activist and fearless public commentator. The governor noted that Odumakin, while alive, championed the cause of the South-West and promote the ideals of the late sage and Premier of the defunct Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, which were held dear by the Afenifere. Abiodun, who said the late journalist would be remembered for his timely response to national issues, particularly, ones that affecte...
Yinka Odumakin: Nigeria Lost Towering Patriot – Jimi Agbaje
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Yinka Odumakin: Nigeria Lost Towering Patriot – Jimi Agbaje

Jimi Agbaje, former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Lagos State in the 2015 and 2019 general elections, said Nigeria has lost a towering patriot in Yinka Odumakin, who died on Saturday. The late Odumakin, who until his death was the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) COVID-19 Isolation Centre. In his tribute, Agbaje said: “Nigeria lost a towering patriot in Yinka Odumakin. May his Lion’s soul Rest In Peace. Amen.”
2023: South-West Governors Creating Problem For Tinubu – Miyetti Allah
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2023: South-West Governors Creating Problem For Tinubu – Miyetti Allah

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, says South-West governors, with their anti-herdsmen stance, are creating problem for the All Progressives Congress Chieftain, Bola Tinubu, and his rumoured presidential ambition in 2023. Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, spoke on Wednesday while featuring on PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. Of late, nomadic herders in parts of the country, especially in the South-West geopolitical zone, have been accused of trespassing on farmlands of host farmers with their cattle. Farm produce worth millions of naira have been destroyed in the last few months. Some herders have also been accused of raping women in host communities, kidnapping the rich and in some cases, killing host residen...
Buhari Won’t Hand Over To Tinubu In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo
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Buhari Won’t Hand Over To Tinubu In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo

The new leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu. He said this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noting that Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving themselves. Adebanjo also tackled Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC governors in the South-West for being silent on the restructuring of the country. He said, “The exception is the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi (Makinde). They are all under the canopy of Tinubu, who himself is under the canopy of (the President, Major General Muhammadu) Buhari. But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) sinc...
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...
We’re Not Ready To Go To War With Any Group But We’ll Protect Our Region — Yoruba Leaders
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We’re Not Ready To Go To War With Any Group But We’ll Protect Our Region — Yoruba Leaders

Eminent Yoruba leaders have said the South-West is not ready to go to war with anyone but will do everything within their power to protect the region. They spoke at a press conference in Lagos organised by the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams; spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, and Sola Lawal. At the event attended by Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leaders said a stakeholders' meeting scheduled for March 17 will proffer the next line of action for Yoruba in terms of security and economy. They disclosed that the the zone will meet in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for a non-partisan South-West Security Stakeholders' Group meeting on the said date. According to Adams, there are different layers by which insecurity can be addressed. This...
New South-West Security Network To Be Launched Soon – Gani Adams
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New South-West Security Network To Be Launched Soon – Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has stated that a new security outfit that will compliment effort of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun, and other security agencies in tackling the insecurity ravaging the region would soon be unveiled. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, he said the new security outfit would involve all security groups, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the region. He said stakeholders involved would deliberate on the issue in Ibadan Oyo State on March 17. Adams and some members of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere present at the press briefing also called on the six governors of the region to inject at least 15 per cent of their annual budget into agriculture. Iba Adams, Afenifere spokesman, Yink...
Shasa Crisis: Afenifere Condemns Prosecution Of Only Yoruba Suspects
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Shasa Crisis: Afenifere Condemns Prosecution Of Only Yoruba Suspects

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Friday, condemned the prosecution of only Yoruba suspects in respect of the recent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa in Shasa market of Ibadan in Oyo State. Daily Trust reports that the Oyo State Police Command had on Thursday charged seven to court for arson and murder during the recent clash. Those charged before an Iyaganku Magistrate Court were Tajudeen Oladunni, 50; Saburi Lawal, 37; Ojo Joshua, 25; Adekunle Olanrewaju, 38; Olagunju James, 24; Rasaq Yahya, 32 and Olaide Olawuyi, 20 with six counts bordering on conspiracy, arson and murder. But Afenifere fumed on Friday, expressing “total disgust” over the charging of “only seven Yoruba men over what was supposed to be a clash between Hausa and Yoruba in Shasa.” The sp...
EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere
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EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Wednesday said it will not meddle in the plans by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary in a chat with Daily Independent said Afenifere’s focus now is lasting solution to the siege on Yorubaland by Fulani herders and bandits. An online news medium, Peoples Gazette had reported that The EFCC has written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB), requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form. A copy of the letter revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairma...
Some Yoruba Politicians Conspired To Get Me Assassinated – Sunday Igboho
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Some Yoruba Politicians Conspired To Get Me Assassinated – Sunday Igboho

A Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, says he remains unflinching in his fight against killer Fulani herdsmen terrorising the South-West region. He also affirmed that he would not allow any Yoruba politicians to sway him with money or material wealth, adding that he was committed to the cause. Igboho said this in a live broadcast on a programme, CityTalks with Reuben Abati, monitored by SaharaReporters on Saturday. Igboho was accosted by security personnel on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Friday, in a attempt to arrest him. In a viral video of the attempted arrest by the security agents, Igboho and his lieutenants who were on their way to Lagos for a meeting with the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, ...
Afenifere, Gani Adams, Igboho To Launch Campaign Against Beef; “Anything But Cow Day”
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Afenifere, Gani Adams, Igboho To Launch Campaign Against Beef; “Anything But Cow Day”

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho; the Are Ona Kankanfo, Gani Adams; and the Odua Peoples Congress under the leadership of Prince Segun Osinbote are set to launch a campaign against cows. This is according to an advertorial published in The PUNCH on March 1, 2021. The campaign which is tagged, ‘Anything But Cow Day’, will launch on Friday, March 5, 2021, and is being held in response to the boycott of the South by northern traders. The boycott has entered its 4th day. The campaign, which is themed, ‘A one-day symbolic beef boycott towards terminating the cow pandemic- End COWVID-21’ is expected to trend on Twitter with the #endcowpandemic.org’ and will be streamed live on Odua Peoples Communications Youtube channel. Meanwhile...
Withdrawal Of Foodstuffs From South By North, A Blessing In Disguise – Afenifere
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Withdrawal Of Foodstuffs From South By North, A Blessing In Disguise – Afenifere

Pan- Yoruba socio- political or­ganisation, Afenifere has said the Northerners cannot threaten the South with with­drawal of cattle and other food produce as there are other al­ternatives where the items can be purchased. There have been fears that acute shortage of beef, vege­tables, tomatoes and onions, among other essential edibles from the North may soon hit Southern Nigeria as foodstuff and cattle breeders, under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Deal­ers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) had four days ago threatened to withdraw their services. However, Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, who spoke in a chat with Saturday INDE­PENDENT listed countries such as Togo and Benin Repub­lics as friendly countries where the South can purchase catt...
APC Paying Tinubu Back For Betraying Afenifere Leaders – Ayo Adebanjo
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APC Paying Tinubu Back For Betraying Afenifere Leaders – Ayo Adebanjo

92 year-old elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain , Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, shares his experience as a fanatical follower of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He also speaks on the farmers-herders crisis, restructuring and the fate of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 presidential election. Excerpts: The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) two weeks ago urged Fulani herdsmen to return to the northern region if their security could not be guaranteed in their host communities in the southern part of the country. They claimed the Yorubas asked them to leave and have been violent towards them. How best do you think this can be resolved without degenerating into another war?...
No Difference Between Bala Mohammed And Boko Haram – Yinka Odumakin
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No Difference Between Bala Mohammed And Boko Haram – Yinka Odumakin

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Friday said there is no difference between Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed and Boko Haram insurgents. The governor had drawn the ire of Nigerians on Thursday when he said Fulani herders have no option but to carry AK-47 for self-defence because they were being attacked and killed by cattle rustlers. He also condemned South West, South-East Governors, and also Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the manner in which they were handling the farmers-herders clashes. He said: “The Fulani man is practising the tradition of trans-human, pastoralism, he has been exposed to the battery of the forests, the animals, and now, the cattle rustlers, who carry guns, kill him and take away his commonwealth – that is his cows – he ...
Herdsmen Clashes: Akeredolu, Afenifere Criticizes Sharia Council Over Ranching
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Herdsmen Clashes: Akeredolu, Afenifere Criticizes Sharia Council Over Ranching

THE Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, yesterday, called on the South-West governors to provide ranches for herdsmen before banning open grazing, to avoid further crisis, warning that outright banning of open grazing, without an alternative for herdsmen, was an invitation to greater disaster. But the remarks by the Sharia Council, however, generated angry reactions from the Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, who described the request as too pedestrian and insulting. This came on a day the Sarkin Fulani of Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Abdul Kadir, lashed out on Oyo State police command for failing to arrest Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, also known as S...
Anger As 10 APC Governors Accompany Buhari To Daura For APC Registration
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Anger As 10 APC Governors Accompany Buhari To Daura For APC Registration

The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party; Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere; and some individuals have expressed surprise that 10 governors of the All Progressives Congress could abandon their state duties to accompany the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to revalidate his membership of their party in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State on Saturday. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, was also part of the President’s entourage. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed the number of governors and others, who accompanied the President in a statement titled “We have nothing to hide, our books will always be open – President Buhari.” The statement read in part, “The President’s registration exe...
Herdsmen: Tinubu Silent Because He Does Not Want To Offend Buhari – Adebanjo
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Herdsmen: Tinubu Silent Because He Does Not Want To Offend Buhari – Adebanjo

A leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, is afraid to speak on the Fulani herdsmen crisis in parts of the South-West region because he does not want to offend the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Adebanjo spoke on Wednesday on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. According to him, Tinubu has not condemned the attacks by Fulani herdsmen against the Yoruba people because of his presidential ambition in 2023. The Afenifere chieftain said Tinubu believes that Buhari will help him become the next president of the country. Of late, Fulani herdsmen have been accused of perpetrating crimes ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape to invasion of farmland...
You Lack Power To Issue Quit Ultimatum – Afenifere To Sunday Igboho
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You Lack Power To Issue Quit Ultimatum – Afenifere To Sunday Igboho

Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has dissociated itself from the seven-day ultimatum issued by Yoruba cultural activist, Sunday Igboho, asking Fulanis to leave Yoruba land. Igboho had last week issued the ultimatum after he stormed the Igangan residence of the Seriki Fulani noting that the Yorubas could no more bear being killed in their land by Fulanis. However speaking with Daily Independent, Afenifere, through Yinka Odumakin, its National Publicity Secretary said even though Igboho never consulted them before taking the action, they have advised to allow the state government handle the matter. Odumakin said while Igboho can Express his opinions and concerns, he has no authority to issue ultimatum to foreigners to leave Yorubaland. He also said the Afeni...
Ondo Forests: Afenifere Hails Akeredolu
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Ondo Forests: Afenifere Hails Akeredolu

Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere on Wednesday said South West governors should join hands with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in driving out killer herdsmen and bandits from their territories. A statement signed by Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary said it was not surprised at the statement by the Presidency telling the governor he has no right to secure his people from marauding herdsmen “The intervention by what we mistakenly call the Federal Government of Nigeria on behalf of marauding Fulanis in Ondo state against the lawful government in that state did not cone to Afenifere as a surprise as it is in line with non – pretence by this regime that it represents only Fulani interests against those of Yoruba, Igbo, Junkun, Ijaw and other ...
Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun
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Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun

THE Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, yesterday, called for the inclusion of its members and other ethnic groups in the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, in Oyo State, to overcome the language barrier, which sometimes causes misunderstanding. The call by MACBAN, however, elicited angry reactions from other ethnic groups like the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and the Middle Belt Forum. The leader of the Fulani herders in Oyo State, Ibrahim Jiji, made the call, while speaking with newsmen at the Ibadan palace of Sarkin Sasa Sardaunan Yamaa, who is also the Chairman, Council of Arewa Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, in the Southern states. Jiji, who expressed sadness over the ki...
Gbade Ojo Urges Tinubu To Reconcile With Afenifere Ahead Of 2023
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Gbade Ojo Urges Tinubu To Reconcile With Afenifere Ahead Of 2023

Head of Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, Dr. Gbade Ojo, yesterday, urged the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to reconcile with Afenifere leaders to get their support in the 2023 presidential election. Ojo, an associate professor of Comparative Politics, who was Chief of Staff (COS) to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, stated this in an interview with The Guardian in Ibadan, Oyo State. He maintained that anybody who underrated Afenifere did so at his political peril, saying members of the group were strong opinion leaders. His words: “On a serious note, Tinubu is a popular personality and politically networked person in the Southwest. Going by the number of people he has made in politics, Tinubu is a force to reckon wit...
Ohanaeze, Afenifere, NCF Ask Buhari To Honour Reps’ Summons
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Ohanaeze, Afenifere, NCF Ask Buhari To Honour Reps’ Summons

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo so­cio-cultural organisation; Pan-Yoru­ba socio-political organi­sation, Afenifere; National Consultative Front (NCF), and Prince Tony Momoh, chief­tain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have thrown their weight behind the House of Representatives, asking President Muhammadu Bu­hari to honour the House invi­tation following the killing of farmers in Borno on Saturday by Boko Haram Insurgents. The House of Represen­tatives on Tuesday resolved to invite President Buhari to appear before it to explain cir­cumstances surrounding the current state of insecurity in the North-East and other plac­es in the country. The members of the House of Representatives are representing their various constituents and they have right to invite the president to app...
You Can’t Dictate To Us – PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt To North
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You Can’t Dictate To Us – PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt To North

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, on Wednesday, warned that it will no longer allow a section of the country to play any supremacist role over others. The forum said this, in a communique, after an emergency meeting held in Abuja. The communique was signed by Chief EK Clark (PANDEF Leader), AVM Idongesit Nkanga, Chief Broderick Bozimo, Mr. Solomon Asemota (SAN), Senator Bassey Henshaw, Prof GG Darah and Chief T k O Okorotie. Others are Chief Ayo Adebanjo (for Afenifere Leader), Mr Yinka Odumakin, Senator Kofoworola Akerele-Buknor, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Chief Supo Sonibare, Chief Demola Folarin, Dr. Akin Fapohunda. Chief John Nwodo (President General, Ohanaeze), Chief Guy Ikokwu, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Mr. Chuks Muomah SAN, Mr. Mike ...
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...
PDP, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Fault Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech
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PDP, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Fault Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech

The Peoples Democratic Party, Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, and the Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Friday faulted some of the claims made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in his nationwide Democracy Day broadcast to the nation. The spokesmen of the PDP and the two groups, faulted Buhari’s claim on the insecurity being witnessed in parts of the country. Buhari had in the broadcast attributed the renewed killings witnessed in Katsina and Borno states this week to the restrictions imposed to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Some protesters in the President’s state, Katsina, had on Tuesday burnt down a campaign billboard of the All Progressives Congress with pictures of Buhari and the state governor, Aminu Masari. They were protesting t...
Buhari Made Nigeria Global Secretariat Of Poverty In 5 Years – Yinka Odumakin
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Buhari Made Nigeria Global Secretariat Of Poverty In 5 Years – Yinka Odumakin

Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere on Friday said the Muhammadu Buhari administration has made Nigeria the global secretariat of poverty since coming to power five years ago. Scoring the administration low on all indices, Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary said even though Nigeria’s problems started five years ago, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has aggravated the situation. Odumakin who said that we are in civil rule and not a democratic government argued that the current government has dragged Nigeria backward in terms of all identifiable human development indices while democratic gains to Nigerians has been very few. “I woujd rather say five years of civil rule and not misuse the word democratic. What ...
Tinubu sends message to Afenifere leader, Fasoranti
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Tinubu sends message to Afenifere leader, Fasoranti

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, has described Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, as a man of great repute and accomplished educationist. He congratulated him on his 94th birthday and prayed for more wisdom and robust health. In a congratulatory statement on Thursday, Tinubu paid tribute to the man he called an astute politician, elder-statesman, and a die-hard Awoist. Tinubu wrote: “What we celebrate is the success story of leadership by example, political consistency, total loyalty to the progressive cause, devotion to principle, integrity, the courage of conviction and uncommon contentment. “Chief Fasoranti filled the vacuum left behind by our illustrious pathfinders and cherished leaders, and in the post-Chief Abraham Adesanya era, Papa laboure...
Inciting Comments: Oshiomhole Should Have Been In Prison By Now – Afenifere
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Inciting Comments: Oshiomhole Should Have Been In Prison By Now – Afenifere

Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Friday berated the Presidency for turning a blind eye to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the inciting comments he made on the Supreme Court ruling on Bayelsa State Governorship Election. Speaking in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Yinka Odumakin said Oshiomhole’s pronouncement that no governor will be sworn in in Bayelsa state led to the arson and violence that took place in some parts of the state following the Supreme Court ruling. According to him, in saner climes, Oshiomhole should have been behind bars by now. Obviously, the presidency does not call any errant APC members to order, otherwise, s person Adams Oshiomhole should have been behind bars by now for...
Afenifere Asks Police Not To Cover-Up Oko Oloyun’s Murder
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Afenifere Asks Police Not To Cover-Up Oko Oloyun’s Murder

The Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has called on the Nigeria Police not to cover up the murder of the frontline trado-medical specialist, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, aka Oko Oloyun, along Eruwa-Igbo Ora highway on Thursday. The group in a statement on Friday by its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, asked the police not to attempt to cover up this murder as it had done in the past. “Smarting from the abanandoned investigation into the July 12, 2019 murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin’s, we urge the police not to attempt another cover – up on this murder”. The group, according to Odumakin, hinged its decision on the statement hurriedly issued by the police “suggesting a desperate attempt to divert attention from the fact that the Eruwa-Igbo Ora route on which he was killed is a notorious ...
Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu
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Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu

South -West governors and the apex Yoruba socio -political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday differed on the All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ’ s position on the Western Nigerian Security Network, Operation Amotekun . The governors commended the former Lagos State governor and promised to look into the issues he raised , but Afenifere hit Tinubu hard , saying his statement lacked substance . After almost three weeks of silence on the launching of Amotekun, Tinubu on Wednesday made his position known on the security outfit, which was launched by the South- West governors in Ibadan on January 9. Afenifere chieftains , Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Senator Femi Okurounmu , had , in a report published by Sunday PUNCH on January 19, challenged Tinubu to speak on the security o...
Amotekun: Afenifere Accuses Tinubu Of Doublespeak
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Amotekun: Afenifere Accuses Tinubu Of Doublespeak

Yoruba leaders and other stakeholders from the southwest yesterday flayed the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, over his comments on the region’s recently launched security outfit, Operation Amotekun. They accused him of speaking “from both sides of his mouth.” Tinubu yesterday, who broke his silence on the establishment of the outfit, declared support for it and described it as a laudable initiative. Tinubu in a statement he personally signed, titled, “The Public Discourse Over Amotekun”, called for dialogue in resolving the controversy over the initiative, saying the governors goofed by not carrying the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation along. He said the failure to involve the AGF was an unfortunate omission by the southwest gover...
Amotekun: ‘To Hell With Their Presidency’ – Afenifere Blasts Miyetti Allah
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Amotekun: ‘To Hell With Their Presidency’ – Afenifere Blasts Miyetti Allah

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, Berated Miyetti Allah over remarks that the South-West may lose the 2023 presidency if it fails to drop its security outfit codenamed: Operation Amotekun, saying the north can go to hell with its presidency. The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore had described Amotekun as illegal saying it may affect the chances of the region to produce the presidency in 2023. But Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, lampooned Miyetti Allah describing the remarks as an insolence. Odumakin said: “Miyetti Allah now owns the Presidency which they can gift to who they want and deny who they choose? What insolence? Cowherders threatening a people that produced the first lawyer in 1879 because a lawyer who doesn’t know t...
Amotekun Can Only Deal With Chicken Thieves, Not Fulani Herdsmen – Afenifere
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Amotekun Can Only Deal With Chicken Thieves, Not Fulani Herdsmen – Afenifere

Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has warned governors in the South- West region to stop giving Yoruba people a false sense of security with the planned launch of the South-West security outfit codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’. Speaking on the controversy that has trailed the launch of the outfit, especially the claim by the Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland who said the governors are not carrying him along, Afenifere said the governors are only pretending to be doing something about the insecurity in the region. Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary said it is surprising that the governors were silent when the Inspector General of Police asked the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) to do joint patrol with the Miyetti Allah catt...
Why South West Governors Are Scared Of Taking Actions Against Herdsmen – Afenifere
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Why South West Governors Are Scared Of Taking Actions Against Herdsmen – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-po­litical organisation, Afenifere, on Tues­day said South-West governors are reluctant about tackling insecurity challenges in the region because of party allegiance and fear of offend­ing leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, said there will not be solution to insecu­rity challenges in the region unless there is autonomy through restructuring. “For the governors, we un­derstand that party allegiance is a problem for them. If they take any firm action against the herdsmen, they will be offending their party leaders. “I know the difficulty around that. When the In­spector General of Police (IGP) came to South-West to organise a security summit, a...
We Can’t Help Osinbajo Because He Has Not Admitted There Is A Problem – Afenifere
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We Can’t Help Osinbajo Because He Has Not Admitted There Is A Problem – Afenifere

Afenifere, pan- Yoruba socio-political organisation said the options available for Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo is either to fight or resign. Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of the organisation also said it has not decided whether to support the embattled second-in-command because he has not admitted he has any problem in the presidency. “The options left for him at this point are to either fight or resign”. “As for Afenifere fighting for him, that does not arise as yet as he has not even admitted that there is anything wrong”. "Yoruba say that the person beaten says he is very cool and comfortable, what then is your own greeting him for injuries?” “All we are doing is to insist on constitutionalism which we did for Goodluck Jonathan in the days of power hijack...
Osinbajo Practically Out Of Buhari’s Government – Afenifere
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Osinbajo Practically Out Of Buhari’s Government – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group , Afenifere , says the fact that the President ’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari , now travels to faraway London to present memos and bills to President Muhammadu Buhari shows that Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo is practically out of Buhari’s government . The Spokesman for Afenifere , Yinka Odumakin , told The PUNCH on Tuesday that the seeming demotion of Osinbajo was part of the next level strategy of Buhari. The Afenifere spokesman was responded to questions on why the President , who is on a “ private visit” to London for 15 days refused to transfer power to his deputy as he had done in 2016 , 2017 and 2018 . Odumakin said, “ This is evidence that Nigeria is now under one man’ s rule . You can see that the National Assembly is a rubber stamp while the...
Mamman Daura Living In Aso Rock & Controlling Presidency, Is Shameful – Afenifere
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Mamman Daura Living In Aso Rock & Controlling Presidency, Is Shameful – Afenifere

Yoruba socio- cultural group , Afenifere , has described as shameful revelations by the daughter of Mamman Daura , Fatimah , that they have been living in the Presidential Villa for over three years . Afenifere further stated that it was most unfortunate that an unelected man could hijack the seat of power as revealed by the First Lady , Aisha Buhari . The Spokesman for Afenifere , Mr . Yinka Odumakin , said this during an interview with PUNCH on Tuesday . Odumakin said , “ It is unfortunate that Nigeria has reached the point where someone who was not elected or appointed and holds no position known to our constitution has become this powerful. “ It is a big shame and some of the personalities who are illegally in the Villa are granting interviews . It shows the level of im...
Obasanjo Didn’t Succeed With 3rd Term, Buhari Will Also Fail – Ozekhome
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Obasanjo Didn’t Succeed With 3rd Term, Buhari Will Also Fail – Ozekhome

Afenifere, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, on Wednesday described the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari promising to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years as a slip of tongue. The organisation, while reacting to the suspicion among Nigerians that the President may be planning to elongate his tenure in office and the denial by the presidency, said it was a contradiction for Buhari to be talking about a 10-year programme when he has a four-year mandate. The president, in his opening speech during the inaugural June 12 Democracy Day celebration in Abuja, had said: “In face of these challenges, our government, elected by the people in 2015 and re-elected in March, has been mapping out policies, measures, and laws to maintain our unity and at th...
You Are Unenlightened, Mischievous, Tony Momoh Blasts Afenifere Over Osinbajo
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You Are Unenlightened, Mischievous, Tony Momoh Blasts Afenifere Over Osinbajo

Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information, Tuesday reacted to the claims of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s position has been rendered impotent and useless by the Presidency. Speaking in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, he accused Afenifere and the opposition of trying to create problem where there is none. While accusing Afenifere of mischief, Momoh, one of the national leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said President Muhammadu Buhari has a perfect working relationship with Osinbajo and as such will not do anything to undermine his office. He said, “The constitutional duty to head the Economic Council which the Vice-President is the chairman and has the governors as members, is that not t...
EMT: Osinbajo’s Position As VP Has Become Totally Irrelevant – Afenifere
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EMT: Osinbajo’s Position As VP Has Become Totally Irrelevant – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere on Tuesday said the dissolution of the Economic Management Team (EMT) headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by President Muhammadu Buhari is clearly a vote of no confidence in a loud indictment. Speaking in a chat with INDEPENDENT, Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary said Osinbajo’s position has become totally redundant and irrelevant. “It is clearly a vote of no confidence and a loud indictment. His position has become totally redundant and irrelevant. “Unfortunately, politicians don’t relinquish positions here except they are forced out,” he said.
Afenifere Should Stop Dabbling Into Politics, Remain Socio-cultural – Bode George
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Afenifere Should Stop Dabbling Into Politics, Remain Socio-cultural – Bode George

Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has bemoaned the division in Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, saying it was time elders in the group concentrated on advancing the interests of the Yoruba nation and stopped dabbling into politics. The polarity in Afenifere has seen the faction led by Senator Ayo Fasanmi attracting only members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) such as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Segun Osoba, and others, while the other led by Pa Reuben Fasoranti is reputed to have sympathy for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Speaking with Daily Independent, George, the Atona Oodua of Yorubaland, said Afenifere should emulate other socio-cultural organisations in the country such as Ohanaeze Ndi...
Tinubu Will Pay For Undermining Yoruba Leaders – Bode George
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Tinubu Will Pay For Undermining Yoruba Leaders – Bode George

Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would be punished for moving against Yoruba leaders in Afenifere who assisted him politically to where he is today. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, George, the Atona Oodua of Yorubaland urged Tinubu to collect a Bible from his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who is an Assistant Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG and read Psalm 73 to get a proper perspective of life. “If he (Tinubu) thinks he has money, he is mistaken because money is not everything. Nobody has ever died with all his assets buried with him. He should go and read the H...
Tinubu Dividing Afenifere Over Presidential Ambition – Kofoworola Bucknor
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Tinubu Dividing Afenifere Over Presidential Ambition – Kofoworola Bucknor

Senator Kofoworola Bucknor- Akerele, a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State on Thursday said the ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state to become President led to his splitting of pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Independent, Bucknor- Akerele said Tinubu knows he cannot achieve his ambition based on the stance of the Afenifere leaders who are very principled. She also said she fell out with Tinubu because she refused to cooperate with him to upstage the leaders of the group and hijack the organisation. “What led to the split of Afenifere is Bola Tinubu’s presidential ambition. He wants to be President of Nigeria and he didn’t see how he could achieve that under the Afenifere as it was be...
We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders
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We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders

THE Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, yesterday, declined an invitation by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) on a roundtable on national issues and security scheduled to hold in Minna, Niger State.“ The leaders declined the invitation over the inclusion of Miyetti Allah to the roundtable describing it as “a grave insult” to them.“This was contained in a letter titled: Re: Roundtable on National Issues and Security and signed by Chief E.K Clark (PANDEF leader), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere leader), Chief John Nwodo (President, Ohanaeze) and Dr. Pogu Bitrus (President, Middle Belt Forum). The statement reads: “We individually received your invitation to the above event holding in Minna between 29 and 30 July 2019. We thank you for your interest in...
Afenifere Can’t Order Herdsmen Out Of South West – Miyetti Allah
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Afenifere Can’t Order Herdsmen Out Of South West – Miyetti Allah

National President of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore organisation, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo has said that Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural group has no right to order herdsmen out of South West region of the country. He urged all Fulani herders to stay anywhere they want in Nigeria and carry out their legitimate businesses, saying that Nigeria belongs to all. The Miyetti Allah leader made the statement in reaction to the order by Afenifere for Fulani herders to leave the South West part of the country in view of the several cases of kidnapping and killings linked to some of them. Bodejo berated Afenifere for getting involved in politics, saying the organisation should transform into a political party. He called on the Federal government to monitor the activities of Afenifere, ...
Afenifere Tackles Junaid Mohammed Over Noise Makers’ Comment
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Afenifere Tackles Junaid Mohammed Over Noise Makers’ Comment

THE pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, yesterday, berated a Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, for describing leaders of the group as noisemakers. Mohammed, in an interview with a national newspaper (not Vanguard), had accused some leaders of Afenifere of making provocative statements. He said the Yoruba leaders learned no lesson from the Biafran war, describing them as “noisemakers” who will be the first to flee if war breaks out. But Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, described Mohammed’s remarks as unfortunate, saying “Dr. Junaid Mohammed is the greatest noise maker from Arewa land.” Odumakin said: “What is so pathetic is that his house is not rhythmic. He shouts here today and blows there tomorrow. He makes all manner...

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