Breakup warning/60th independence anniversary: ACF issues very strong warning to VP Osinbajo

The socio-political groups such as Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and the Pan Niger Delta Forum, on Monday, said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s warning that cracks in the country could lead to its breakup should not be taken for granted.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and PANDEF, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, supported the Vice-President, saying Nigerians could not continue to live in denial.

But the northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum,  admitted that there were unhealthy cracks in Nigeria. It, however, said the Vice-President should not make statements that would worsen tension in the country.

Osinbajo, who was represented by the Secretary to the  Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, at an  interdenominational church service in Abuja on Sunday to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary, said, “Our walls are not yet broken, but there are obvious cracks that could lead to a break, if not properly addressed.”  At the service, the SGF read Osinbajo’s speech.

In its reaction, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, agreed with the Vice President that cracks in Nigeria could lead to its breakup.

The National Publicity Secretary and acting Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Prince Uche Achi-Okpaga, who spoke to one of our correspondents,  said the Vice President’s concerns weren’t different from what other Nigerians had been saying.

On the Vice-President’s call on Nigerians to pray, Ohanaeze spokesman said it was apt but noted that there should be a balance of prayers and actions.

On his part, the Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin,  in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “This is a perceptive observation and bold declaration by the Vice-President. It is an honest admission better than playing the ostrich. When you admit the problems you can begin to find solutions to them. But when you live in denial, you won’t find solutions to your problems. We hope his admission will

Also, PANDEF  said that what Nigeria needed was restructuring, justice and peaceful coexistence to bring about progress and development.

Spokesman for the group, Ken Robinson,   during a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Monday, said the Vice President was right that there were cracks in the country.

He stated, “PANDEF feels that the Vice-President is partly right that there are cracks, there are disaffections. Nigeria is in a precarious state.

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