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Convene meeting of ethnic nationalities, Afenifere tells Buhari

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Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a meeting of ethnic nationalities to curb the growing agitations in the country.

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It hinged its conclusion on what it called the “intensified effort” of the federal government to extradite the Yoruba nation’s agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, alias Igboho, from Benin Republic.

The group also cautioned the Federal Government against increasing fuel price, saying it might plunge the country into avoidable social, economic and industrial crises.

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Afenifere noted that the government should have shown genuineness by obeying the judgements already given in favour of the agitators and convening meetings with leaders of the ethnic nationalities particularly those from the South East and South West where Nnamdi Kanu and Igboho respectively come from.

“Solicitors for the agitators and interested stakeholders should also be present at the meetings,” Afenifere added in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi.

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It advised that such meetings should be convened without delay.

Afenifere said the government should have obeyed the verdict issued by a high court in Ibadan, which ordered it to pay N20.5billion to Igboho for damages instead of going on an appeal.

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Besides calling on the government to rescind its decision on the planned price increase, Ajayi said that Nigerians had reasons to no longer trust the government because of its failure to deliver on its promises to provide palliatives to cushion the effect of the price increase.

He noted that similar promises made in the past were not kept.

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