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1st Anniversary: Pa Fasoranti Congratulates Tinubu, Commends AGF’s Suit On LG Autonomy

The Leader of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and socio-political organization, Chief Reuben Famuyide Fasoranti, has congratulated President Ahmed Bola Tinubu as he marks one year in the saddle.

The congratulation was contained in a public statement issued by Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, as the administration of President Tinubu, on May 29, 2024, turned one year in office.

Ajayi quoted Pa Fasoranti as expressing delight at some bold steps that the President has taken in the last one-year aimed at repositioning Nigeria adroitly.

“Before, during and after the Presidential election that brought you into the office last year, I gave you some ideas regarding how to tackle some challenges that Nigeria faced – and still faces. We also spoke about some of these issues when I led the Afenifere delegation to your office in Abuja last month.

“I’m happy to note that, in line with your promises, you are making efforts at implementing policies that will enhance the situation of our dear country and better the lot of the people,” Pa Fasoranti stated.

The nonagenarian said that the reforms initiated by the government have the prospect of revamping the country’s economy and reducing the mutual distrust among the ethnic nationalities in the country.

According to Ajayi, the Leader particularly commended Tinubu on his government’s effort to rescue local governments from the strangulating grip of state governors.

“It’s undebatable that local government is the closest to the people. For, it is through it that the people at the grassroots can effectively feel the impact of the government. As the situation is presently, however, the tight grip that state governors have on local governments is seriously denying the people of the benefits they should, by right, be deriving from their local governments.

“It’s in this respect that The Leader, Pa Fasoranti, described the latest step taken by the Attorney General Lateef Fagbemi on behalf of the federal government as a step in the right direction”, Ajayi quoted Fasoranti who is also the Asiwaju of Yoruba, as saying.

It would be recalled that the Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, last week, dragged state governors in Nigeria to court over the usurpation of the powers and duties of the local government councils.

While expressing optimism that steps being taken by the government will soon soothe the pains of Nigerians, Fasoranti called on President Tinubu to further look in the direction of infrastructure such as power and transport among others.

“Security is an important factor in any social equation. For, it’s in a situation where people are secured that they would be able to confidently engage in activities that will boost the economy and enhance inter-personal relationships.

“In order to institutionalize reforms being made, accelerate developments, enhance people’s participation in governance and engender the desired new Nigeria, there is an urgent need to restructure the country. Restructuring will deepen people’s participation in governance, boost the creativity of Nigerians and guarantee the future of the country”.

Finally, Fasoranti congratulated Nigerians on the 25th anniversary of uninterrupted civil rule (1999 to date) and urged the people to “let us join hands and work together towards building a benign country that all of us would be proud of”.

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