By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, on Sunday tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to without wasting time, translate his vow to ‘clean up the mess in Nigeria’ into reality.
In a statement by its National Publicly Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, Afenifere stressed that it is not too late for the President to reshape the situation in the country for better.
Afenifere pointed out that, “to confirm that President is really determined to ‘clean the mess’ particularly in the area of security, willing states should be allowed to have their own state police just as government should show more commitment”.
” Indeed, to confirm that the President is really determined to ‘clean the mess’ particularly in the area of security, willing states should be allowed to have their own state police just as government should show more commitment to education by respecting agreements reached with ASUU and other unions so that our youths can return to their schools”, it said.
Afenifere added, ” while it is noteworthy that President Buhari conceded that there is ‘mess’ that needs to be cleansed up, such expression ought to come from an in-coming administration and not from someone who has been in the saddle for about seven years – out of the maximum eight years that he can spend in the office”
The Pan Yoruba socio political organisation while lauding the President for admitting that there are undesirable situations in Nigeria that need “to be cleaned up” lamented that it took the President about seven years in office to appreciate ‘the mess’ that needs to be cleaned up in the country.
Emphasising that by the virtue of various positions President Bihari has held including being Head of State and the fact that he contested for the presidency before winning the fourth time, Afenifere noted that it ought to make President Buhari to do far better than what Nigerians have gotten so far from his administration.
The Pan Yoruba organization stressed that ” since the efforts the administration has been making all these years have not yielded the desired fruits especially in the area of security, it is incumbent on the President to call on retired security officials to come and support those who are still in the service”
According to Afenifere, ” those to be recalled should include the retired soldiers, police and security officers of various hues. State police should also be allowed forthwith.”
It also called on the federal government to make use of the abundant human resources with which the Almighty blessed this country by allowing knowledgeable Nigerians to have inputs into the running of the country.
” It is not too late in the day to reverse the nation’s vehicle which appears to be heading towards the precipice. Greater respect must be given to the rule of law, justice must be allowed to prevail just as no group or entity is preferentially treated at the expense of others in the country.
Afenifere stated, ” the present attitude of ‘we know it all’ as being exhibited by government officials cannot solve the problem which the President identified just as the intolerance to suggestions from well-meaning Nigerians on the part of government officials is at variance with the ‘accountability mantra’ that President affirmed while hosting the ICAN leadership on Friday.