Nigeria: Afenifere Planned Falae’s Kidnap – North East Solidarity Forum

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Nigeria: Afenifere Planned Falae's Kidnap - North East Solidarity Forum

A group known as the North East Solidarity Forum has released a statement in which it accused Afenifere of planning the kidnap of Chief Olu Falae. According to the group, the intent of the plot was to destabilize the government of President Buhari. The group released the statement after their meeting in Bauchi over the weekend. They also called on the federal government to handle the matter seriously.

The statement by the forum which was signed by its Coordinator General, Usman Abdulkadir reads as follows:

“The leadership of the North East Solidarity Forum at its meeting in Bauchi State on Saturday, October 31, 2015 commended the reactions by the erudite Lawyer and human right activist, Chief Femi Falana and the Muslim Ummah of South West, Nigeria for condemning the threat for secession by the Yoruba socio-cultural groups on the kidnapping of Chief Olu Falae.

“However, after a careful and thorough investigation on the conflicting security reports by the agencies that contradicted that of the family of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the kidnapping, we are forced to believe that the Kidnapping of Chief Olu Falae in the early hours of September 21, 2015 may have been masterminded by the Yoruba social cultural group to blackmail the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Nigerians will recall that after the failure of the military in 1998 to transmute to a democratic rule, the South West region of the country was the first to benefit from the democratic experience in two successful terms of 4 years each from 1999 to 2007 and at no time within this period did the Northern part of Nigeria threaten the stability and oneness of this country with such undue call for self-determination.

“Even after Chief Olusegun Obasanjo handed over in 2007 to the former Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and his demise in 2010, the Northern part of this country had maintained its stand on the stability of the country and always worked for the unity of all ethnic groups in Nigeria.

“The South West region of Nigeria in today’s administration still occupy a strategic position as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the person of His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

“We are therefore pained with the plans by the Yoruba socio-cultural group to truncate our democracy by this heinous activities in resorting to kidnapping our elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, to whip up sentiments and with the intent to derail our hard earned democracy.

“We want to once again condemn in its entirety the act of kidnapping or any other criminal activities in any part or region of the country irrespective of tribe or religion. And we wish to use this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise to the occasion and address this ugly incidence by Afenifere to serve as deterrent to others.

“We are pleased with all the collective efforts we have made in the past to bring stability to our nation even in the face of threat to lives. We are now more determined than ever before to ensure the strengthening of our democracy and put to shame all agents of destabilization who are working to reverse all the gains we have made as a nation because of their selfish and personal ambition in 2019.”

While responding to this allegation by the North East Solidarity Forum on behalf of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin said “by the accusation, the North East Solidarity Forum has shown that it is suffering from mad cow disease”.

He went further to say “It beats imagination for any group to accuse the Afenifere of being behind the kidnap of Chief Olu Falae. How can Afenifere kidnap one of its own? What will be the benefit of such to Afenifere? Can any reasonable person believe such wild allegation coming from the so-called North East Solidarity Forum? In fact, the forum by the statement has shown its disdain to our people; it has shown that it has little or no remorse for the plight Chief Olu Falae suffered at the hands of those who kidnapped him, inflicted injuries on him and traumatised him.”

He continued by saying “More importantly, the North East Solidarity Forum by the accusation has shown that it is suffering from mad cow disease and insensitive to the feelings of the Yoruba over the abduction of the former SGF. It is unfortunate that rather than hide its face in shame over an action perpetrated by members of its ethnic, the North East Solidarity Forum will be accusing Afenifere of being behind the recent kidnap of Chief Falae.”

He concluded by warning that “Afenifere will continue defend the interest of the Yoruba at all times irrespective of the position of any group.”

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