The pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, on Friday, July 31, explained that the sovereignty of the Yorubas will not be ceded to creditors of the Federal Government; in the case of such eventuality.
Afenifere issued this declaration in reaction to reports that the FG had signed an agreement with the Chinese government.
1st News had reported that the clause compels Nigeria to waive its immunity; for itself or its property in case of a breach of the agreement.
In a statement by its spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere described the disclosure that a clause in a loan agreement signed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government ceded the sovereignty of Nigeria and its assets if the nation defaults in payment as worrisome.
Odumakin said: “The Yoruba nation will not allow an inch of its land to be taken over by any foreign interest; to which any government that is loan-crazy must have concessioned the sovereignty.
“We are not aware of any such authority given to any government to do such. Let lenders beware so they don’t give loans beyond what any regime can repay in its tenure.”
The controversial clause in the agreement says: “The borrower hereby irrevocably waives any immunity on the grounds of sovereign or otherwise for ITSELF or its property in connection with any arbitration proceeding pursuant to Article 8(5), thereof with the enforcement of any arbitral award pursuant thereto, except for the military assets and diplomatic assets.”
Meanwhile, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni on Thursday, July 31, slammed claims about the purported 2023 presidential ticket of Bola Tinubu; and former Speaker Yakubu Dogara, tagging it as mere rumour.
Buni, who is also the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee, stated this in an interview with BBC Hausa Service.
He also said that the APC would spring a surprise in the September governorship election in Edo State; adding that the party would coast to victory in the Edo poll.
Speaking on Dogara’s return to the APC and insinuations that Tinubu/Dogara would contest to have Muslim/Christian ticket, Buni said: “These are mere rumour and rumour strive in democracy. That’s not even our concern for now. It is not even proper to start talking about 2023 when we have a sitting President.
“People are surprised when Dogara joined us (APC). That’s how we will continue to spring surprises. In a democracy, people talk but 2023 is not even our priority now. We are working towards uniting the party.”