By: Ade Adeleke
The Pan Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, on Tuesday came up with facts on how President Muhammadu Buhari is allegedly plotting his third term agenda.
The group charged Nigerians to be vigilant and ready to scuttle any attempt by Buhari to take the country for a ride on the alleged third term agenda.
Rising from its monthly General Meeting held in Akure, the country home of its national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the group warned the President to perish the thought of a third term in office and rather focus on how to use his second term in office to better lives of Nigerians.
The National Publicity Secretary of the group, Yinka Odumakin, who read the group’s communiqué to journalists, said “we have seen this fire before for this smoke not to be strange to us.
The Yoruba group also cautioned judiciary against creating political crisis in Oyo state while it called for a global ban on senators promoting the third term agenda.
“The meeting also observed that the reason given for the President for not thinking of a third term is the constitutional limit of two terms without talking about what he would do if that hindrance was removed.
“We advise the President to use his last term in office to create legacies that will place him on the good pages of history, including setting Nigeria on a federal path that will allow the constituent units of Nigeria to develop and maximise path instead of pursuing any ruinous agenda.
BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE COMMUNIQUÉ:
Communique of Afenifere General Assembly
Afenifere held its General Assembly at the Akure home of its Leader, Chief R. F Fasoranti today(26th Nov, 2019). After exhaustive deliberations on the state of the nation, the following communique was adopted:
1 PERISH THIRD TERM AGENDA
Meeting took serious note of the rumoured plans to subvert the Constitution of Nigeria to allow President Buhari to have a third term in office which started with a an APC Senatorial Candidate in Bauchi last year during ac bye-electiion declaring that he was coming to the Senate to work for a third term term for Buhari.
This was followed by the President who has a maximum of possible 8 years in office telling the country he was going to lift 100million Nigerians out of poverty in TEN years.
To douse the tension the rumoured plot is generating the President made a denial a few days ago which we took with a pinch of salt because it is not the first time politicians would pursue what they are denying in Nigeria swearing with Allah/God.
We have not forgotten that General Buhari told this country in 2011 that he would do only one term if he became President. He is now on a second term. He also promised Nigerians in 2015 that he would not have the office of the first Lady as President. He was mute when the wife issued an order that she must be addressed as First Lady and he has gone ahead to appoint 6 aides for the office.
Meeting also observed that the reason given for the President for not thinking of a third is the Constitutional limit of two terms without talking about what he would do if that hindrance was removed.
With the National Assembly in the pocket, the only hurdle left to change that provision would be two-thirds of Houses of Assembly and we have seen the President holding a meeting of 36 Speakers.
And shortly after this meeting, an APC member in Eboyin State has approached a Federal High Court to compel the National Assembly to remove the constitutional impediments against third term for President and Governors.
We have seen this fire before for this smoke not to be strange to us.
Afenifere therefore calls on Nigerians to be vigilant and thwart any attempt to take the country for a ride once again.
We advise the President to use his LAST term in office to create legacies that will place him on the good pages of history, including setting Nigeria on a Federal path that will allow the constituent units of Nigeria to develop and maximise path instead of pursuing any ruinous agenda.
2 HATE SPEECH BILL
Meeting also reviewed the ongoing gag bill being debated by the Senate called ‘Hate Speech Bill”, Meeting was miffed that in the midst of all the challenges facing Nigerians, the Senate would be concerned with a law to hang people for exercising their freedom of speech and airing views those in power may not like.
The attempt to take away the freedom of expression earned through the sweat and blood of patriots is not only wicked but portrays us as a barbaric polity that operates by tenets of the jungle.
Meeting called on Nigerians not to succumb to this totalitarian agenda.
All countries that cherish freedom of speech are called upon to shut their borders against all Senators who have spoken in favour of the bill to protect the right of man to air his view without prejudice to the laws of libel.
4 UNRESOLVED MURDER OF MRS OLAKUNRIN AND CHEAPNESS OF LIFE
Meeting lamented that human life has become so cheap and unworthy in Nigeria that over four months after the murder in broad daylight of the daughter of our Leader, Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the police has not found any clue about the perpetrators of the dastardly act and has not given any brief to the family.
We are left with no option than to conclude at this stage that the death of Mrs Olakunrin is a political assassination given the non-challant attitude of the police.
This widespread disregard for the sanctity of human life is worrisome as we saw even women dancing all over Kogi singing “ta ta ta ta” during the recent election with people’s lives wasted with impunity.
The dastardly of burning to death of Mrs Salome Abuh even after that declaration of a winner attests to the promotion of culture of violence.
Meeting insisted that any country that fails to get the perpetrators of these murders and their types to face the law has its it’s hands soaked in blood with its consequences.
5 APPEAL COURT VERDICT ON OYO GUBER
Meeting reviewed the recent ruling of the Appeal Court on OYO GUBERNATORIAL POLLS and was at a loss as to the jurisprudential
anarchy daily unfolding in our judicial system.
That one decision of court confused even the media for the next 48 hours is a challenge to our judiciary to always try and make itself clear to the ordinary people.
It is our hope that the Supreme Court to which the parties have now headed will resolve the matter in the interest of justice and the integrity of the justice system.
We do not want any upheaval in the city that has history behind it.
6 WE SALUTE TRIBUNE @70
Finally;meeting salutes the Nigerian Tribune for the commissioning of a beffititing edifice in Isheri to mark the 70th anniversary of the resilient paper founded by our Leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
That the newspaper has survived 70 years in a country whose graveyard has a section for failed publications is a testimony to its foundation of truth and integrity.
We pray for continued survival of the paper without departure from the dreams of its founder.
National Publicity Secretary.
26th November, 2019