Afenifere crisis deepens, youths ask Adebanjo to step down

A group of youths, under the aegis of Yoruba Afenifere Youths Organisation of Nigeria, have passed a vote of no confidence in Pa Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere.

The group advised Adebanjo to “kindly step down as the acting leader of Afenifere in the interest of the organisation and the entire Yoruba race.”

They made the call at a press conference held in Lagos on Tuesday after a joint session of Afenifere Youth National leaders in Yoruba land, including Kogi and Kwara states.

In a communique, the group condemned the suspension of two national officers of Afenifere by Adebanjo. This, they said, was done without the approval of the leader of the group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

According to the group, Afenifere has been derailing since Adebanjo became acting leader because he allegedly abandoned the uncompromising pursuit and defence of the interest of the Yoruba people.

“We noted, sadly too, that rather than rally the Yoruba people behind their son, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, now the President-elect of Nigeria, to emerge as President of this great country, Baba Adebanjo campaigned vigorously against him, and even after his (Tinubu’s) well-deserving and hard-earned victory through a credible presidential election, he (Adebanjo) still wants the Presidency out of Yoruba land.

“We noted for the purpose of clarity that Pa Ayo Adebanjo is not the leader of Afenifere, but the acting leader authorised by Pa Reuben Fasoranti. We make bold to say that the action of making Pa Adebanjo the acting leader is in line with the precedence in our rich history.

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