The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organization, Afenifere on Wednesday resolved to abolish the positions of Acting Leader and Deputy Leader in the face of several incongruities in decision making process of the organisation.

The decision was reached at a meeting of the group at the country home of its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure.

The motion was moved by S. J. Ibikunle from Ogun State and was seconded by Members from Ekiti, Kwara, Oyo and Ondo States, and was the unanimously adopted by the general house.

It resolved that, “The responsibilities and authority of advising the Leader Afenifere and Asiwaju Yoruba are now vested in the Afenifere Elders Caucus which is hereby constituted.”

Members of the Elders Caucus are:

1. Reuben Fasoranti – Chairman

2. Ayo Adebanjo

3. Olu Falae

4. C O Adebayo

5. Femi Okunrounmu

6. Seinde Arogbofa

7. Kofo Bucknor Akerele

8. Ayo Ladigbolu

9. Alani Akinrinade

10 Olu Bajowa

11. Bolaji Akinyemi

12. Banji Akintoye 

13.  S A J Ibikunle 

14. Femi Aluko

15. Prince Alonge

16.  Yomi Finnih

17. Prince Olusi.

18.  Korede Duyile.

19.   Ropo Sekoni

20. Lekan Alabi

21. Kunle Olajide

Afenifere also reacted to the current security situation in the country, calling for the reorganisation of the nation’s security architecture to allow states and local government to own their police formations.

It frowned at the report that Miyetti Allah Hore set up a 1,144-strong Nomad Vigilante militia in Nassarawa State, ostensibly to provide security for Fulani herders.

“Afenifere was of the opinion that Miyetti Allah, being a non-state actor, should not have power to do a thing like that. It therefore considered the action of the Department of State Security (DSS) to checkmate Miyetti Allah on the issue as timely and in order,” a community issued after the meeting, stated.

“There is an urgent need to rework the Security Architecture of the country to ensure that Nigerians are able to live and move about without the fear of being kidnapped or harassed in any way.

“Such reworking should include giving states and local government councils that so desire to establish own police services with all the requisite powers to function as such. 

“Doing so would check, if not totally stop, the incidences of kidnapping and sundry banditry now ravaging the land.”

The group also used the forum to advocating the devolution of powers to control natural resources, citing the unfortunate blast in Ibadan last week, which underscores the need to allow the federating units in the country to control mineral resources.

“The reasoning behind this was that had it been that states were in control of mining for instance, Oyo State government was likely to know how explosives were being moved around,” Afenifere said.

“Such would have prevented last week’s horrendous blast that claimed many lives, traumatized hundreds of people and destroyed properties running into Billions of Naira.”

The group stated that it was time to restructure the country and urged President Bola Tinubu to set the machinery in motion for that purpose.

On the economy, Afenifere expressed the hope that President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda would be giving the necessary push so that life could be easier for the people of Nigeria. 

“Among the means of achieving this are taking steps that would strengthen the value of our currency, the Naira, reduce costs of energy (fuel in particular) through local production of petroleum products as well as regular supply of electricity,” the statement noted.

“In view of the current high cost of living, Afenifere urged the Federal Government, through its various organs in charge of finance and fiscal policies, to accelerate actions that will strengthen the value of our currency, enhance productivity, reduce costs of items and services all geared towards reducing inflation and enhancing the welfare of the people.

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