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A pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said it will not participate in the 2023 general election if the 1999 Constitution is not reviewed.

Naija News reports that Afenifere and other socio-cultural groups have been calling for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution and the restructuring of the nation ahead of the forthcoming elections.

According to the Acting Leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the amendment of the constitution will lead to a successful general election.

He added that failure to amend the constitution will amount to a mere waste of time to participate in the 2023 general election.

Adebanjo made this known to reporters after the group’s monthly meeting held at his residence in Sanya-Ogbo, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

“I don’t believe in the election as the leader of Afenifere and some of my members here don’t believe. I don’t believe in that election and I have told my members if they can refuse it, okay; what do we need elections for?

“Our stand is that the constitution is not our own, the election is going on under that fraudulent constitution, they said they will go to the assembly to amend, the assembly is the product of the fraud.

“You want the beneficiary of the fraud to amend the fraud, who are you talking to? Here is a man that has come out openly, declared that say what you like,” he said.

In a communiqué signed and released by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, Afenifere raised an alarm over the unprecedented security problems caused by the influx of people even from outside Nigeria.

The group alleged security breaches in Kogi, Kwara, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States and called for the protection of the people in these areas.

The communiqué reads; “Afenifere noted with serious concern the unprecedented security problems accentuated by the influx of people even from outside Nigeria. Some of them are disguised as okada riders. We call on the government and security agencies to put a halt to the unbridled influx of people with questionable intentions.

“Afenifere observes that terrorism and related vices including kidnapping are now so worrisome that, in some cases, our people in places like Yewa, Ogun State, Oke Ogun in Oyo State, etc, are forced to be relocating into Benin Republic and other West African countries. Urgent actions must be taken to guarantee the security of these people and to put a stop to what is causing them agonies.

“Afenifere also noted with concern the illegal mining activities going on in various parts of our land, especially by non-indigenes. In many cases, the manner of this activity is not only jeopardising the economic and agricultural activities of our people in these areas, but the security of the people is also being seriously threatened.

“Afenifere also took particular note of the incessant security breaches in our border towns in Kogi, Kwara, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo. We hereby strongly call for the protection of the people in these areas.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.