Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has urged Nigerians to hold the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government accountable for the country’s restructuring as it promised in its manifesto.
Publicity Secretary of the group, Yinka Odumakin, stated this in a communiqué issued yesterday in Akure, Ondo State, after a meeting at the residence of its leader, Reuben Fasoranti.
Contrary to comments of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a town hall meeting in the United State (U.S.), the Afenifere insisted that restructuring remains a major issue in Nigeria.
Osinbajo had said: “The problem of our country is not restructuring and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the argument that our problems is drawn from geographical restructuring, it is about managing resources properly and providing for people.”
But reacting to the statement, the group said Osinbajo’s comment should be viewed against the background that the APC inserted restructuring into its manifesto in 2016.
And in 2017 when the argument about restructuring became heated, they set up the Nasir el-Rufai committee to provide their own idea of restructuring and up till now they have not told us their new definition only for them to be telling us that restructuring is not our problem.
“That shows clearly that restructuring for the APC is an issue to toy with. They don’t believe in it, they are not committed to it and for Osinbajo to say the problem of Nigeria is managing resources, we want to ask them how much of it they have done in the last three years.
“How much of providing for the people have they done? How much of managing resources have they done with the monumental corruption? Transparency International (TI) has said corruption has worsened under this administration,” it said.