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Afenifere: We’ll not support military takeover

Leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, has said it is against military takeover of any kind.

In an interview with Daily Trust, National Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi, described military intervention in government as a curse.

He said the recent clamour for change in the country was borne out of frustration over the state of the nation.

Ajayi said, “Going by what the nation went through under the military, we will certainly not support another military rule in Nigeria under any guise.

“It is on record for example that apart from the general abridgement of the rights of Nigerians under the military, members of the the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) masterminded by Afenifere suffered greatly.

“It is on record that we lost a lot of patriotic Nigerians all because they were protesting against a continuous military rule.

“Pa Alfred Rewane was killed while the Leader of Afenifere then Pa Abraham Adesanya narrowly escaped assassination attempts by agents of the the then military junta.

“Besides, with the benefit of hindsight, we can say without any equivocation that military intervention in the governance of Nigeria has been more of a curse than blessing as it set the country back through various non-progressive and undemocratic policies it imposed on Nigeria.

“But for the military intervention in governance, we would not have had the kind of asphyxiating atmosphere we are having today in governance and in the socio-economic milieu. While we are not supporting military take-over of government, we could understand that those allegedly advocating for it are doing so out of frustration – a well-founded frustration for that matter.”

The Afenifere spokesman added, “It has become so bad that bandits and terrorists are the ones dictating terms for governments.

“They have even annexed some territories for themselves within the country. We have never had it this bad! Terrorists have the audacity to say that they will kill 15 innocent students in their captivity if named ransoms are not paid.

“How would people not, out of frustration and seeming helplessness, call for a change of government since the government has failed in its primary duty of providing security and welfare for the people?

“Our own take here, therefore, is for government to sit up, show that it is really in control by putting a total stop to terrorism, kidnapping and banditry, by stopping Nepotism, by letting the country return to true Federalism without further delay.”