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Moving B’ Haram Prisoners Is Like Spreading Ebola – Afenifere

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 1:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ifeoma Ononye  – Lagos


Spokesman of Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yinka Odumakin, on Tuesday, argued against moving Boko Haram prisoners to the South-East.

He explained that the alleged moving of the prisoners was like spreading Ebola patients who ought to be confined to a special ward.

Yinka Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin

Odumakin expressed the opinion at the public forum to commemorate the life and times of MKO Abiola which took place at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja.

“Moving Boko Haram Prisoners is like spreading the Ebola Virus which is supposed to be confined.

“We, the South-West people, kick against moving the prisoners to South-East Nigeria. We should contain Boko Haram and not spread it.

“Also, one of the issues that have increased the incessant bombings in the N     orth is the removal of military checkpoints. I will use this opportunity to plead with the federal government to restore military checkpoints where insurgency is at its peak.”

At the Advocacy for Democratic Tradition Forum that was organized by MKO Abiola’s two sons, Kassim Olajide Abiola and Aliyu Ngaba Abiola, Director General of Change Ambassadors of Nigeria, Prof. Chris Nwokobia congratulated the children of the late hero for keeping their father’s legacy alive.

Also speaking at the event, late MKO Abiola’s son, Aliyu Ngaba Abiola, said that his father had a lot of unfinished business.

He stated that another reason they organized the event was to keep up the struggle for a true federal Nigeria.

He said: “Why we had this event is to keep my father’s legacy alive and also keep up the struggle for a truly federal Nigeria.

“We should say no to feeding-bottle federalism where someone holds your money and ask you to come and borrow from it.”

He continued: “I chose July 7 as the day of the celebration because that is the day my father died.

“This remembrance lecture is to celebrate him because he is an amazing human being.

“The lecture has been on but now I decided to do it as a platform to push for the restructuring of the Nigerian state through the implementation of the national conference report.”

“We have to remind the man in the centre that a lot of Nigerians still care about this country and that we are tired of the feeding-bottle federalism in Nigeria.

“States should be allowed to generate their own income.”