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Governors’ hands are dirty –Adebanjo, Afenifere leader

Chieftain of pan-Yoruba sociopolitical association, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has taken a swipe at state governors, saying their hands are unclean in their dealings with the Federal Government over the insecurity problems confronting the country.

Chief Adebanjo made this statement in an interview with Sunday Tribune in Lagos, contending also that President Muhammadu Buhari was reluctant to change the constitution so as to continue to wield the enourmous powers in his possession.

“You went to Makurdi; the governor wrote to you, saying ‘look at these Miyetti Allah people; they are disturbing me. This is what they are doing.’ And you (Buhari) said ‘go and live with your neighbours.’ I have said it before, Buhari is reluctant to change this constitution, because of the powers he has under it. He is the most powerful president in the whole world and by the time the constitution is changed to federalism, those powers would go.

“Unfortunately, the so-called governors from the South-West, who are in alliance with him, are so sheepish; their hands are so dirty that they cannot talk to him. It is because their hands are so dirty, that is why they don’t have the courage to stand up to him.

“In the alliance deal they had with him, they put restructuring. Tinubu, the head of their team there, fought for restructuring under the Obasanjo-led government. He did it with the incumbent vice president who was then his commissioner and attorney-general. They took Obasanjo to court and they won on the issue of local government funds. On what basis did he (Tinubu) take that action and on what basis did he win? What has changed now that the vice president and Tinubu are dilly-dallying over restructuring?

“Tinubu is now saying it is not restructuring, it is economy. Do you develop the economy for dead people? Do you develop the economy when the people are all dead? It is unfortunate that these people see us as if we are imbeciles,” he said.

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