Olusegun Obasanjo has been criticised by the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), the Yoruba Assembly, and the Yoruba diaspora, who claim that he aspires to be the only Yoruba president of Nigeria.
Remember how Obasanjo held a news conference on February 28 to demand on Buhari to order INEC to conduct fresh polls in response to claims of anomalies in the just concluded presidential election?
Obasanjo “lacks the moral right to serve as a guiding beacon of Nigeria,” according to a statement by Olawale Oshun.
“Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo lacks the moral right to serve as a guiding beacon. First, he is as politically partisan as any other Nigerian, which is his right but cannot at the same time be pretending to be father of the Nation.
“We will be justified to impute motive and suggest that this 2023 attempt at wanting to render the elections inchoate as that of 1993 could just be that Gen. Obasanjo would want till his passing to remain the only Yorubaman to ever attain leadership of the country.
“Gen. Obasanjo’s hand was heavy in the institution of the failed 1993 Interim government, a process that ultimately led to the restoration of the Military and Gen. Sani Abacha murderous regime and ultimately to the death of the President-elect, MKO Abiola; Obasanjo’s townsman.”
The groups said the 2023 transition elections that has already begun with the presidential and National Assembly elections must be allowed to get to conclusion while aggrieved parties should seek redress in court.
The group further said, “We, speaking for Yoruba people call for the completion of the 2023 electoral processes starting with the already held National elections and ending with the state executive and legislative elections and any Party or candidate can as provided for in the Electoral Laws seek justice in our Courts. Whoever emerges however has great unifying tasks ahead if Nigeria is to remain one.”
“If Gen. Obasanjo succeeded in intervening in the elections held under him, he should at least grant the present President the full prerogative of wishing to bequeath a free and fair election in our country. We pray he is able to do that to the end.”
“We also add that the Military should completely steer clear of whatever temporary impasse that could occur as this is not unusual in all democracies. The Military should also turn a deaf ear to any possible incitement be it from retired Generals or their rank and file. The world has moved on and the Yoruba people will resist with other Nigerians were any misguided intervention to take place in our polity,” he stated.