James Sowole in Akure
The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere wednesday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for giving order for the reopening of investigation into the murder of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Chief Bola Ige and ex-Deputy National Chairman, South-south, of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Aminasoari Dikibo.
The call of the group was one of the points in the communiqué issued at the end of its meeting held in the residence of its National Leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, Ondo State capital.
In the communiqué read by the Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the group also called on the president to call for the reopening of killings of other prominent Nigerians, which happened some years ago saying that the action showed that the country still had respect for human lives.
While stating that the investigations should not be limited to only two persons, Afenifere said the probe must be holistic and perpetrators should be brought to book, so as to prevent such occurrence in the future.
“The investigation must also be extended to the killers of Chief MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, Alfred Rewane, Funsho Williams, Marshall Harry and other high profile political murders that took place from the days of Abacha until recent times so that they can put a closure on these murders,” the group stated.
On the state of the economy, the group said the current hardship being faced by Nigerians and inability of state governments to pay workers salaries, was as a result of the federal government controlling the largest part of the country’s economy.
“We are insisting that until Nigeria is restructured to have a new economic model that allows every state to go under the soil and bring out its resources to expand the productive base so that there will be more prosperity and can take care of their workers, we are not going to get out of this crisis.”
The group also advised the federal government to stop giving bail-outs to states and giving conditions, saying rather the government should take another look at the revenue allocation formula and “free some of what the federal government was holding at the moment to go to the state.”