Oil In Niger Delta Is For People Of The Region, Adebanjo Challenges Obasanjo
Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the acting leader of the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, has condemned the statement made by the one-time President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo that oil in the Niger Delta belongs to Nigeria, saying the resources belong to the people of the region.
Chief Adebanjo gave this position on Wednesday at a press conference which took place at his Lagos residence and attended by other leaders of Afenifere, including Senator Femi Okurounmu, Chief Supo Shonibare, Professor Ebun Sonaya, Chief Tunde Onakoya, Chief Lanre Anjolaiya, Alhaji Abdullahi Adebayo Inaolaji, Ms Nike Olujemibola, and Jare Ajayi, the Afenifere spokesperson. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE reports.
In Chief Adebanjo’s words: “It was a two-tier federal system with the state government being coordinated and not subordinate to the Federal Government”.
“This was the peaceful coexistence position of the unity of the ethnic groups until 1966 when the military took over the government and abrogated the constitution agreed to by our founding fathers and set up the present 1999 Constitution. The obnoxious provisions of this constitution have been the cause of instability in the country”.
The elder statesman, who maintained that the country needed to be restructured ahead of the 2023 elections, appealed to former President Obasanjo to join hands with other patriots to bring pressure to bear on President Muhammadu Buhari “to ensure the change of the present fraudulent constitution by restructuring the present unitary constitution of the Federal system agreed to by our founding fathers before the 2023 elections to enable the nation to move forward peacefully in unity and progress.”
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