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Conflicts: Yoruba council asks Buhari to convoke national dialogue

The Yoruba Council Worldwide (YCW) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convoke an urgent national dialogue to address all internal conflicts before the 2023 elections.…

The Yoruba Council Worldwide (YCW) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convoke an urgent national dialogue to address all internal conflicts before the 2023 elections.

President of the Council, Aare Omoluabi Oladotun Hassan, who made the call in Abuja on Monday, also asked Buhari to restructure Nigeria before the 2023 General Elections.

He urged Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. Sunday Igboho and the O’odua agitators; the Biafra agitators and other separatist agenda promoters to rethink their clamour for self-determination.

The Council also endorsed the ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to become Nigeria’s next President, saying he would address the reason for separatist agitations across the country.

“We are not talking about balkanization of the country, what we mean in the restructuring is the strengthening of the Bi-Camera Legislature, the devolution of power, the review of the exclusive, concurrent and residual policies to strengthen national development.”

“We advise our brother, Chief Sunday Igboho, and all other leaders across board to step down their agitations for a separate country in order not to overheat the polity ahead of the 2023 general elections. We should not be misled to throw away the baby with the bath water.

“Our appeal is for the President to, as a matter of national importance, take up the responsibility to call for a national peace talk to address all internal conflicts in the country. While 2023 election should not be made a do or die affairs; unity, security and national development are key drivers towards attaining the Nigeria of our dream,” Hassan said.

Speaking on the presidential candidate of the APC, he said the former Lagos State governor will also bring about new ways of doing things in the fight against insecurity, hunger and poverty by restructuring the country.

He said, “Nigerians urgently need a detribalised presidential candidate like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to urgently address restructuring and provide a succinct good governance system.”

Also speaking, the Apase Odo Oodua Agbaye (Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide), Aare Omoluabi Ismail Olayemi, urged President Buhari, to see the opportunity of the emergence of Tinubu through the support of party leaders across all regions of the country to push for the restructure of the country.

The briefing was also attended by Yeye Omoluabi Olufunmilayo Ayoola, Yoruba Council of Women Worldwide; Asoju Odo Samuel Adegbola, Chairman, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide, FCT Abuja Council; Comrade Shamsideen Asekun, Director of Protocol, Nigerian Youth Coalition; Comracde Babarinde Victor Olaleye, Director of Administration, Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council; and Alhaji Simangari Alao, Elder statesman.

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