Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has said that former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s (IBB) excuse for annulling the June 12 election is an insult on the intelligence of Nigerians.
Recall that in an interview on Arise TV yesterday August 6, IBB said he annulled the June 12 election which M.K.O Abiola is adjudged to have won because there would have been a bloody coup.
However in a statement released by Sola Ebiseni, secretary-general of Afenifere, it was stated that ”Nigerians are not interested in any excuse being given by IBB as he lost the opportunity of being the hero of democracy and father of a new Nigeria.”
“Babangida has not said a new thing worthy of any reaction in respect of his treasonable acts of the annulment of the adjudged freest and fairest election in the country’s political history.
“Nigerians are not interested in any excuse being given by IBB. It is even most preposterous that IBB will only now be insulting the intelligence of Nigerians that he annulled their mandate to forestall a violent coup, which, by reasonable inference, he was aware of.
“He lost the opportunity of being the hero of democracy and father of a new Nigeria, an eternal regret that no whitewashing on television can redeem.
“However, it is no gain saying the fact that the present administration has made saints of all previous administrations in every aspect of governance.”
Pointing out that the Buhari-led administration has failed in living up to its promises of security, economy and anti corruption, Afenifere added that the Babangida regime cannot be accused of sectional and sectarian disposition which is the hallmark of the Buhari government.
The also condemned an Abuja federal high court’s demand of 24 sureties for 12 aides of Yoruba Nationa agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho.