Afenifere was right by refusing to support Buhari – Fasoranti
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has said its stance against Buhari’s candidacy both in 2015 and 2019 has been vindicated considering the way the president has been steering the ship of the state.
The group said the twin evil of corruption and nepotism have been the hallmarks of the Buhari administration for the almost years he has been in the saddle.
The leader of the Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, stated this at the 70th anniversary thanksgiving service of the Ondo State chapter of Afenifere held at Saint David Cathedral, Akure, the State capital, yesterday.
Fasoranti stressed that insecurity, corruption and nepotism ravaging the government of President Buhari have shown that Afenifere put national interest above primordial sentiments by not throwing its weight behind the candidacy of the reitred general despite mounting pressure from different quarters in both electoral years.
He said “We were justified in not supporting President Muhammadu Buhari. He has not been doing well, that is why we did not support him. There is insecurity in the land. There is corruption everywhere.
“All those who committed one crime or the other, he left them in office to continue their nefarious activities. Those who he should sack, he left them in office. Thank God we did not support him in his elections.
“My daughter was killed in Ore on her way to Lagos; up till now, they have not concluded the trial. I know justice will be done.”
Speaking on the 70th anniversary of the group, Fasoranti said it had not been easy for the group especially during the military regimes when members were sent to prison or exile for championing democracy.
He said the struggle for democracy during the NADECO days tested the faith of members, who either renounced their membership or fled to exile.
The Bishop of Akure Diocese, Anglican Communion, Simeon Borokini in his sermon said for Afenifere to have survived 70 years despite several challenges showed God’s hand in the affairs of the mainstream Yoruba organisation.