- Afenifere has called on Nigerians to prepare for the 2019 elections
- The group lamented the killings in Plateau and other states
A socio-political Yoruba group, Afenifere, while lamenting the deaths of over 100 people in Plateau state, has called on Nigerians to gird their loins and prepare to vote in a new administration in the 2019 elections.
In a communique read by the national publicity secretary of the group, Yinka Odunmakin, the group protested what it calls the non-action of the government towards the violent killings.
The communique read: “There is no land where the blood of the innocent is being shed daily like Nigeria that can make progress in any area of human endeavour.
"Afenifere was devastated by the genocide that took place in Plateau state on Sunday in which over 200 deaths occurred according to eyewitnesses accounts but the police admitted 100.
“These wanton killings and official irresponsibility portray Nigeria as a barbaric entity and us, the Yoruba people are pained living in the same space with those who kill innocent people in a cruel manner.
“The images of little children killed mercilessly with open skulls make anyone with human blood flowing in his or her veins to shrink."
The group called on Nigerians to observe special prayers for the souls of those who were killed and to call on God to “see us through the last few months of this administration.”
However, the group maintained that restructuring of the country remained the only way out of the challenges confronting the country and called on President Buhari to have a rethink on the restructuring of the country.
“At a time when the country is on the verge of collapse as a result of structural defects, we noted that the president while receiving Urhobo leaders on Monday still dismissed the popular call for restructuring of the country when he said 'every group asking for restructuring has got their own agenda and I hope it can be accommodated by the constitution"
“We say without any reservation to Mr President that the call for restructuring is a selfless call borne out of the need to retrieve Nigeria from the brink of collapse and put It back on track," it added.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Buhari has vowed to protect lives and properties of Nigerians. The president said this on Tuesday, June 26, in Jos at a meeting with stakeholders on the current security situation in Plateau.
It would be recalled that scores of the people were killed in several communities across four local government areas of the state.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo was in the state on Monday where he assessed the situation and also interacted with stakeholders.
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