National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, on Wednesday, said Nigeria has all the ingredients of a failed state under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Nigeria is on the precinct of failure. All the ingredients of failure are here with us. Unless we work overtime to rescue this country from failure, it may fail calamitously and the repercussions will be very dire,” Odumakin said on the PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable.
Odumakin was reacting to a recent report by the Financial Times of London, which described Nigeria as a country going backward economically and plagued with terrorism, illiteracy, poverty, banditry, and kidnapping and risks becoming a failed state if things didn’t take a drastic turn.
The UK-based newspaper also said the recent abduction and subsequent release of over 300 schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina State, revived memories of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in Borno State in 2014.
Odumakin, who spoke on Wednesday, alleged that the Kankara abduction was a plot to enrich Boko Haram insurgents, adding that the incident was stage-managed.
He also knocked the supporters of the President who had termed the subsequent release of the over 300 schoolboys as one of the successes of the Buhari regime.
The Afenifere spokesman said, “If the stage-managed so-called rescue of Kankara boys is what anybody will be proud of, such persons deserve pity. We saw what happened in Kankara that the whole thing was stage-managed to pull a wool over the eyes of Nigerians. The whole thing was done to swipe the cards and give money to Boko Haram, nothing more, nothing less.
“The moment they asked Miyetti Allah to be the face of the government in the negotiations…Quite a lot of things happened and God Himself has been exposing this government. Between Chibok and Kankara, all that was wrong with Nigeria was exposed and this is all a game and a scam.”