Leader of a Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has said Nigeria risks breakup if President Muhammadu Buhari does not change his style of governance.
Adebanjo noted that the government government had no clue of solutions to Nigeria’s problems.
The Yoruba leader said this while speaking on his call for ‘the Government of National Unity’ on Sunday on Channels TV.
He justified the call for ‘the Government of National Unity’ on what he described as a state of emergency in the country which he said warranted drastic measures not necessarily contained in the constitution.
Adebanjo said, “Circumstances of the country and the nature of the government of Buhari has warranted my calling for the government for national unity. There is a state of emergency in the country that warrants drastic measures that are not necessarily contained in the constitution.
“It is because of the deficiency and incompetence and unwillingness of the government to take advice from the leaders of the country who know better that we are calling for a government of national unity that all shades of opinion must be represented in that government.”
The Afenifere leader added that insecurity in the country had worsened to the extent that criminals had become emboldened, asking the government to swap their members in detention for kidnap victims.
He said, “This government has proved that they have no clue to our problem and every time we talk about change the government, the constitution, there is no security, the economy is bad, Buhari government appears dumb.
“He just does not understand issues and we have to understand problems before we get solutions; and all wise men and learned and experienced people in the country, who have been in the system before he came in gave him advice, he won’t listen. That is why we are calling for government of national unity.
“Until you change this constitution the country will not get anywhere. And there is evidence that Buhari is not willing to because in my view he has a private agenda, but if he continues like this, the country will break.
“So those of us who are anxious about keeping the country together in peace are anxious that we get nationalists to come together to form a government of national unity to solve the immediate problem of this country.
“For example we are talking of election under a precarious security problem, everyday killing, everyday kidnapping and yet government has no solution. It’s gone to extent that criminals are now telling us that before we release your people you must give us tramadol, cigarrete or petrol. Our government has become so incompetent. Those of us who witness independence feel sorry for this country.”