Nigeria Alert Sunday August 15, 2021
The Federal Government is considering all options against Yoruba Nation separatist group including the proscription of the movement led by Professor Banji Akintoye and Sunday Igboho.
According to the statement from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Federal Government would explore all options within the context of the law to ensure a peaceful and united Nigeria.
Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, stated this in an interview on Saturday.
The AGF’s aide also said it was not true that the government of President Muhammadu Buhar had not been prosecuting terrorists and bandits.
Asked whether the AGF Office had abandoned the extradition of Igboho or otherwise, Malami’s aide said he could not make the “processes” known to the public.
Gwandu said, “There are certain things that may not require publicity but the important thing is having a peaceful Nigeria and not discussing all or making public some of the processes so far.”
Speaking with our correspondent on Saturday, the AGF Office said options were on the table to deal with Yoruba Nation groups to ensure a united and peaceful Nigeria.
“The Federal Government is interested in having a peaceful Nigeria, so, all options cannot be ruled out, all options in order to have a peaceful and serene atmosphere in the country can be explored by the Federal Government,” he said.
Asked specifically whether the Federal Government intended to proscribe Akintoye and Igboho-led Yoruba Nation group, the AGF Office said, “Whatever thing that is doable and possible within the context of the law in accordance with extant provisions of the law will be pursued. All options are available at the Federal Government’s end.”
Some Nigerians including Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had accused the Buhari government of allegedly pampering bandits and failing to prosecute arrested terrorists while being hard on separatists.
However, the AGF Office said it was not true, adding that the government was also prosecuting arrested bandits and terrorists.
“That is a lie. There is a department under the Attorney General that is pursuing all the issues. It doesn’t hold water; it is just a mere figment of the imagination of mischief-makers,” Malami’s aide said.