The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to kneel before God and ask for forgiveness for breaking one of the vital 12 commandments of Christianity.
Afenifere said this in reaction to Osinbajo’s comment on insurgency and terrorism in the South-western part of the country.
Osinbajo had in the United States of America on Sunday claimed that ‘kidnapping incidents in the South-west were politically motivated”.
He also noted that “with respect to general kidnapping which we have seen in parts of the country, again, this is not entirely new. In fact, some of the kidnapping stories you read or listen to are simply not true anywhere, some are fueled by politics.”
Afeneifere condemned Osinbajo for the comment saying there are reports of the “failure of the state as the security forces are largely incapable or unwilling to safeguard the lives of our people".
Speaking for the group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, reeled out some of the incidents that had happened in the South-western part of the country.
He said, apart from the daily tales of horror across Yorubaland in the hands of "Fulani marauders", the meeting (Afenifere) would like Osinbajo to answer some questions.
Odumakin asked: "Is the report of the kidnap of a district head from President Buhari’s town from May 1 (2019) to date politically motivated? Was the President speaking of another country when he handed kidnappers on the rampage to God? “Was the former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, playing politics when it was announced that his son was kidnapped? What politics was afoot when the Ondo State governor recently announced that his convoy was waylaid by kidnappers?
“If he cannot answer these questions, he should kneel before his God and ask for forgiveness for violating ‘Thou shall not lie’ commandment. We further admonish him not to allow whatever ambition and political interest he serves to push him to make such infuriating comments again.”
The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take the issue of securing lives and properties of Nigerians across the country seriously.
The Afenifere also said President Muhammadu should “separate the office of the President of Nigeria which he occupies from being also the grand patron of Miyetti Allah”, to enable him tackle attacks by herdsmen and bandits with more ferociousness.