Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has made it known that he can never forgive Rtd. Gen. Muhammad Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Punch reports that the 87-year-old confessed he will never forgive Buhari because of the sins he committed against Yoruba leaders while he was head of state between December 1983 and August 1985.
Adebanjo, who was a close associate of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, made this known at a post-National Conference in Lagos themed 'Into tomorrow and beyond' which took place yesterday. Explaining how Buhari locked up all the Yoruba governors after overthrowing the Shehu Shagari government. Adebanjo said, “Back then, Awolowo warned Shagari that his government would soon hit the rock if he did not put things in order. Shortly after, in December 1983, Buhari overthrew the government but the man that was speaking against Shagari (Awolowo), was harrassed by Buhari. Buhari picked up all the Yoruba governors: Adekunle Ajasin (Ondo State); Olabisi Onabanjo (Ogun) and others, who were true progressives and locked them up. Somebody said I am a Christian and I should forgive Buhari but I said I cannot forgive such. Ajasin’s children say they have forgiven Buhari but I am not in their party, I can’t forgive him.”
Adebanjo said the North was against the implementation of the resolutions of the confab because the region was enjoying the system which is unfavorable to southern Nigeria. He, therefore, urged Yoruba to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan next week as he had promised to implement the report of the confab. Dismissing claims that he and other Afenifere leaders had been bribed by Jonathan, he said, “I am saying vote Jonathan not because he is Ijaw or from the South-South. No northerner will convoke a national conference because everything we are talking of that has been unfavorable to the South; they (North) are the beneficiaries.”
So many reactions have been trailing Buhari's administration while he was the head of state years back. Just recently, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose implored the All Progressives Congress (APC ) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to seek forgiveness and not votes from Yoruba people of the South-West, including Edo and Delta States. However, during a recent Interactive Session with the Nigerian Press Organisation, NPO in Abuja, Buhari made it known that he is now a changed man. He further explained that he is now a 'converted democrat' as the constitution will be followed diligently by him if he emerges as the next president of Nigeria.