Buhari’s Speech: Southern Leaders Take Decision Wednesday


Leaders of socio-cultural groups in the South-West, South-South and South-East say they will meet on Wednesday after which they will make their position known.

A competent source on Monday said, “Ijaw Youth Council, Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum have digested the contents of the President’s speech and would respond to it accordingly on Wednesday.

“The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, Edwin Clark-led PANDEF, the President of IYC, Eric Omare, and Afenifere’s leader will jointly address the press,” the source said.

The spokesperson for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, and Clark confirmed the plan to hold the press briefing in separate statements.

But the Yoruba Council of Elders enjoined Buhari to constitute a forum where ethnic groups in Nigeria would be able to table their agitations and grievances.

The Secretary General of YCE, Dr Kunle Olajide, called on Buhari to sustain the reconciliatory effort made by Osinbajo in addressing grievances of ethnic groups in the country, while also saying that it was important for the President to realise that Nigeria needed to be restructured to strengthen its unity.

Olajide said, “The president must not shy away from the fact that there is agitation from all zones in the country. “We want to observe that general grievances cannot be addressed by threats, stiff legislation and force of arms. Buhari must constitute a forum where every group will table its grievances and agitation for Nigeria to remain united.”

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