Afenifere is backing the President’s call for oil exploration in the North
Crude oil,has been described as a curse by many people the Niger Delta because of the level of environmental pollution in the region.
The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has said President Buhari did the right thing by asking the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to carry out oil exploration in the Northern part of Nigeria.
The group said the move is part of the restructuring that it has been calling for, adding that it will boost Nigeria’s economy.
According to Daily Post, the Secretary-General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, said “There is nothing wrong if they find oil in the north. That is why we are calling for restructuring, if that is his (Buhari) own restructuring agenda, it is okay. We already have oil in the south and if he orders for prospect for oil in the north, there is nothing wrong in that.
“If that is what will hasten the restructuring of the country, he should go ahead. All we are saying is that the country must be restructured.
“We have said that any state that has oil should work on its oil and let other states without oil find their own natural resources to work on. God has endowed every state in this country with natural resources so let every state go and do something on them, the only thing is that the Federal Government should assist in taking off.
“If it is NNPC that was given the assignment, let them go ahead, there is nothing wrong with it but if it is a foreign firm I can say may be there is a hidden agenda somewhere.”
Dr Sunday Ola Makinde, a former Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria also said the current economic situation may cause the Nigeria to explode.