Tinubu Will Deliver As ECOWAS Chairman – Afenifere

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*Congratulates, urges him not to disappoint Nigerians 

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

National Leader of Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Chief Reuben Fasoranti yesterday, declared that President Bola Tinubu will deliver as Chairman of the Economic Commission of West Africa (ECOWAS).

The Afenifere leader in a message to congratulate President Tinubu on his emergence as the ECOWAS Chairman said his tenure as the ECOWAS Chairman will ensure new lease of life for ECOWAS citizens and that he should not disappoint Nigerians.

Pa Fasoranti emphasized that there is the need for President Tinubu as ECOWAS Chairman to ensure that Nigerians and Africans generally experience a new lease of life that everyone would be happy of.

The Afenifere National leader in the congratulatory message issued by the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Jare Ajayi, expressed optimism that President Tinubu will use the opportunity he has as Nigerian President and Chairman of ECOWAS “to better the lot of Nigerians and uplift the conditions of the region’s citizens with a view to ensuring that Nigerians and Africans generally experience a new lease of life that everyone would be happy about”. 

Pa Fasoranti while reminding President Tinubu of the welfarist ideas contained in his manifesto that he (Tinubu) shared with him when he (the president) visited him in Akure in October, 2022, said “The

ideas contained in the ‘Renewed Hope’ manifesto, if faithfully implemented, have the potential of enhancing the welfare of Nigerians, uplifting the status of our country and earn greater respect for our race among the global communities.”

He identified the areas in which he wanted President Tinubu administration to urgently act upon “so as to adroitly redirect the fortune of our nation back onto the glorious path”, as ” security, high cost of living, high unemployment rate, social and economic dislocation, declining agriculture, infrastructural deficit, high tariff and irregular supply of electricity as well as the urgent need to revamp our education and health sectors. 

“The President is also enjoined to ensure that prices of petroleum products come down to the level that would be affordable by the common man”, adding, ” being a core Afenifere person himself, it was not surprising that Tinubu’s vision for Nigeria synchronizes with Afenifere philosophy” 

He stressed that ” the central core of Afenifere philosophy being the welfare of the people, enhancing and projecting Yoruba interests. The philosophy encapsulates the concept of Omoluabi and life-more-abundant-for-all”. 

“ Incidentally, Yoruba interests are not at variance with the overall interests of the majority of Nigerians. Yorubas believe in equity, justice and fairness. They believe in peaceful co-existence whereby one does not constitute a threat to his or her neighbor. Being democrats, Yorubas also believe strongly in each nationality in Nigeria (that so desires) to be in a position to determine its own affairs within the ambit of federal system in Nigeria. That was why we are pushing Restructuring.”

Emphasizing that Afenifere’s philosophy goes beyond partisan politics, Pa Fasoranti said “That is why the organization, in itself, is not a political party but a Philosophy. For by being a political party, all those who are not members (of the party) would automatically not be in Afenifere. Whereas Afenifere is for all Yorubas adults who are willing to advance Yoruba interests and are ready to be members of the apex Yoruba organisation. 

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