First Republic politician and an Awoist, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has told southern and Christian leaders, criticizing the United States Secretary
of State, John Kerry’s recent visit to Nigeria as discriminatory, to calm down, claiming that the U.S diplomat visited Nigeria with a specific message for Northern leaders.
Recall that during the two-day trip, Kerry had after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and also met with 10 northern governors.
Shortly after, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, stated that the visit was discriminatory, personal and divisive, adding that it was aimed at encouraging the ongoing persecution of Christians in the country in favour of northern Nigeria and Muslims.
The CAN President, Rev. Dr Olasupo Ayokunle, who stated this in a statement by his aide: Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, condemned Kerry’s action in strong terms for lack of respect to the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria.
But the octogenarian, who has been a strong voice for the restructuring of Nigeria into fiscal federalism, said in an interview with journalists that Secretary Kerry came to deliver a bombshell to Northern leaders, who are considered to be against restructuring the country because the current structure favours them.
He stated that Kerry told