The Yoruba social-cultural organization, Afenifere has warned against any arbitrary attempt to stampede Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo out of office.
Some Afenifere leaders made this disclosure during a series of interview on Sunday, September 29. Furthermore, they stated that Osinbajo is being targeted ahead of 2023.
A chieftain of the Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, advised that constitutional procedures be followed in unraveling the circumstances leading to the alleged mishandling of public funds.
He said: “I don’t want to dabble in a matter I don’t know much about. The matter is within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). And the man that hires can fire.
“All that I can say is that he (President Muhammadu Buhari) should not do anything that is unconstitutional to remove the vice president not matter whatever he is accused of. He must follow constitutional procedures.
“The allegations they are making against him are within the view of people who are in his government. All I can say is that there are certain constitutional procedures to follow in carrying out an investigation. They should not rubbish him because they want to rubbish somebody from the south in anticipation of 2023.
“Whether or not he needs to waive his immunity in order to sue those who want to rubbish him is his own personal affair. All I am saying is that whatever will be done to him, it should be done constitutionally. Whatever he is accused of doing, it should be investigated constitutionally. There must be no arbitrariness in dealing with whatever accusation that is leveled against him.”
‘Current situation, an indication that Yoruba are becoming slaves in Nigeria’
On his part, the newly elected Yoruba Leader, Prof Banji Akintoye, raised the alarm over the moves by some powers to treat Yoruba race as slaves.
His words: “Yoruba are in a terrible situation in Nigeria. This is because the travail Osinbajo is going through shows that we are now becoming like slaves in this country. So, we need to dig ourselves out of it.”
Akintoye urged restraint until a full investigation into the alleged mismanagement of funds is carried out. Nevertheless, he decried how the Buhari administration had been treating people from a particular section of the country as sacred-cows. He held that this is the case, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.
“There are people among those controlling the federal government who have a lot of heavy questions to answer. But they were protected by the powers that be.”
In his own reaction, General Ishola Williams (rtd), urged the vice president to step aside. Further, he urged Osinbajo to ensure he files a lawsuit against the allegations.
Williams said: “For me if the vice president knows he has done something wrong, as one of the founders on an NGO called Integrity, he should just step down quietly instead of being removed. But if he is sure that he hasn’t done anything wrong, then, of course, he should stay there.”
While admitting the possibility of the scheming for 2023 in the raging controversy, Williams maintained that it would be difficult for Buhari’s government to function effectively without Osinbajo, describing him as an intellectual arm of the presidency.