- Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, said it decided not to support Buhari's presidential ambition in 2015 and 2019 in the interest of Nigerians
- Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader, noted that six years into the Buhari administration, the group's decision not to support the president has been justified
- Fasoranti said under Buhari's watch, corruption has increased while the nation is battling with rising security challenges
Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba group, says currents happenings in Nigeria have justified its decisions for not supporting President Muhammad Buhari's aspiration during the 2015 and 2019 polls.
The group's leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, said on Sunday, May 2, that the decision not to support President Buhari was not only in the best interest of the Yoruba but Nigerians in general, Nigerian Tribune reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Fasoranti stated this while speaking with newsmen after the group’s 70th-anniversary thanksgiving service in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
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The Yoruba leader said corruption and nepotism remained the bane of the Buhari government since it assumed office in 2015, Leadership also reported.
He was quoted to have said:
“We were justified in not supporting President Muhammadu Buhari. He has not been doing well; that is why we did not support him."
Sunday Adekola Orolade said:
"The fact still remain the same Buhari led administration has failed woefully and a sane Nigerian will never call for this government to remain in power beyond 2023"
Lucky Ugbeghene said:
"Which not supporting Buhari???
"The whole of the Yoruba States except Ekiti, voted against Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 general election. Now that you people have seen the disaster you voted for, you are now denying the fact that you voted Buhari. Where you!!!! respect yourselves and keep quiet till 2023. As presently, enjoy the disappointment and disaster you voted for."
Eseku Olufemi Samson said:
"You are not in support of Buhari, fine, you are not alone. You are also not in support of the establishment of a Yoruba nation, so what on earth do you support? Restructuring, which is not valuable to the north? Abeg, let us hear word."
The group in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, April 7, said the claim was untrue.
Afenifere’s director of communications, Sola Lawal, stated that the group never backed any candidate as claimed by the leader of a Southwest Agenda, Dayo Adeyeye.
In another report, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, one of the leaders of Afenifere, commented on the secessionist agitation for the Yoruba nation by some activists in the southwestern region.
Chief Adebanjo said the failure of the Nigerian government to protect the citizens and other issues led to the secession calls by some youths from some regions in the country.
The Yoruba leader, however, said the Afenifere group does not support the agitation to divide the country.