Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has slammed former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s (IBB) over his excuse for annulling the June 12 election.
Speaking 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.
Sola Ebiseni, secretary-general of Afenifere 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.”
The statement read;
“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.”
The statement further pointed out that the Buhari-led administration has failed in living up to its promises of security, economy and anti corruption, adding that the Babangida regime cannot be accused of sectional and sectarian disposition which is the hallmark of the Buhari government.
The group 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