President GOODLUCK Jonathan (R), BEING RECEIVED BY TRADITIONAL RULERS AT THE OONI OF IFE’S PALACE DURING HIS RECENT VISIT TO ILE-IFE
The pan-Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of being the source of some of the challenges presently bedeviling the country.
While pointing out that the ex-president should share in the blame, the ARG maintained that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was however, responsible for the extent of insecurity, economic crisis and corruption in the country.
The group’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Famoriyo, in a statement yesterday said, “With the security of the country at the lowest abysmal region and unbridled corruption eating daily into the fabric of our society, you can smell nepotism all over the place.
“The reign of impunity and terror can be found in President Jonathan’s administration. Even as former President Olusegun Obasanjo created part of the problems confronting Nigeria today, his reign cannot be compared with the clueless Jonathan administration that some people are trying to market to us in Yorubaland.
“We are no fools. President Jonathan has been able to run Nigeria aground economically; he should not be painted as a performing president”.
It would be recalled that two weeks ago, President Jonathan had visited the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, for a summit of Yoruba leaders convened by a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Chief Olabode George.
Famoriyo, who claimed that Jonathan could not be regarded as an advocate of Yoruba advancement and development, said those who “stage-managed the Jonathan endorsement” in Ile-Ife had never been known to be in the vanguard of Yoruba developmental struggle.
“Were Gen. Alani Akinrinade and Mr. Wale Oshun at the Ife Summit? The translation of democracy for us in Yorubaland is a struggle for development. We know the political tendency that cares for our advancement.
“We know the people who still have the milk of humanity flowing in them and whose body language empathises with the people. Jonathan should ride his bicycle to somewhere else in Bayelsa State”, he said.
According to the Afenifere spokesman, the fact that there is no clear-cut ideological base for Nigerian politics presently does not mean that the Yoruba are blind, or that they don’t know who is working and advancing their interest.
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