Nigeria’s acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has indirectly replied the Ekiti state governor, Ayo Faayose, who on his recent call for restructuring said that the Buhari-led administration does not listen to voice of reason.
Osinbajo in a statement through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande, assured all ethnic groups in the country that their legitimate agitations and concerns will be addressed by the Federal Government, and that the presidency is not deaf to all the demands being made across the country.
The statement which was titled, ‘Outcomes of Acting President consultations on ethnic agitations with political, religious, traditional and media leaders’, reads, “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has again assured Nigerians that the Buhari administration is not deaf to grievances in parts of the country, disclosing that the government will address them, while urging that such grievances be expressed with grace.”
“This emerged from the Highlights of the series of consultations the Acting President called to interact with leaders from the North, Southeast and the media over the last two weeks between 13 June and 22 June, 2017. The meetings were convened to provide a platform for frank and open discussions between the concerned stakeholders and by extension the Nigerian public on issues relating to the unity, peace and security of country.”
“While this set of consultations were concluded last week, the presidency will continue to actively engage with different segments of the Nigerian population at different stages and format in the near future.”
“In response to the recent spate of agitations pitting some groups in the North against others in the Southeast, the Acting President commenced a series of engagements and consultations with political, religious, traditional & media leaders from across the country.”
“The Meetings were convened to provide a platform for frank and open discussions between the concerned stakeholders and by extension the Nigerian public on issues relating to the unity, peace and security of country.”
“The Meetings touched on various issues relating to the ethnic agitations that have manifested most recently in a call for secession by some groups of youth from the Southeast, and an ultimatum by Northern youths for south-easterners living in the North to leave the region by 1st October 2017. The Meetings established common ground on a number of issues, as follows: “Condemned all the hateful and divisive rhetoric by the concerned groups of Northern and Southeastern youths; affirmed the supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the ultimate basis for the unity of Nigeria; that Constitution guarantees freedom of residence and of movement for all Nigerians anywhere in the country, without fear of discrimination or prejudice.”