The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere has protested the sack of the Director–General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Chief Olusegun Runsewe and the Director- General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr Yomi Bolarinwa, describing it as a ploy by some elements in the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to promote one ethnic group over another.
The duo were relieved of their portfolios on Friday and have been replaced by two Ibo indigenes with one Ms Mbanefo taking over from Otunba Runsewe while Mr Emeka Mba, who had spent eight years as head of the National Film and Video Censors Board was asked to take charge at the NBC.
Both Runsewe and Bolarinwa still had about one and a half years each remaining of their terms before they were abruptly asked to leave without concrete reason from government on their un-ceremonial removal.
The plot to remove Chief Runsewe was said to have been hatched by a minister with a senior official in the Presidency who hails from the South- East zone.
According to a confidential source, the plot had been on for some time now after the earlier one hatched with the chairman of the NTDC board was aborted and Runsewe was asked to go back to his post.
This elicited criticisms from Afenifere over what it termed as injustice being perptrated by the Federal Government against Yoruba.
The group’s spokesperson, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said any multi-ethnic society must ensure the need for justice, fairness and balance in its socio-political and economic equations, warning the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) to desist from carrying out ethnic cleansing agenda in givernment.
“The SGF, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, should remember that people are watching him. He should know that it is this kind of prebandal politics that destroyed the first republic. That he is being accused of using his office to promote ethnic agenda by replacing Yoruba in government with his kinsmen is unhealthy for our country and democracy.
“Afenifere stands for justice and fairness. That is what we demand in this instance,” he said, adding that the group totally condemned the action