The Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Tuesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his administration’s inability to address insecurity and economic challenges confronting the country.
The group said this is the best time for the President to resign honourably.
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Speaking during the 95th birthday of the leader of the group and the dedication of a church in the honour of Chief Reuben Fasonrati, in Iju/Itaogbolu in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, the Acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said the Buhari-led government had incapacitated the country and had failed to address the increasing wave of insecurity and downturn of the economy.
He said the President had failed the people of the country and there is no better time to leave but now, noting that Buhari’s government could no longer handle the situation.
Adebanjo said: “I have told them that in a better and civilized country, he should have gone long ago.
“If he has self-respect, he should have gone because everything has failed.
“What is he presiding over? Is it over corruption, security, education?
“Law and order has broken down in the country for the past three years.
“It is only because Nigerians are over tolerance of despots, that is why he is still there.”
‘Youths have failed’
He lambasted the youth for failing the country and said “the younger generation has failed the country.
“The country was not as bad as this when we were demonstrating for self-governance.
“They want the old men to fight their cause for them. Why should people like me be in the trenches at 93 and Baba Fasoranti at 95? Where are those in their 40s and 30s?
“When we were at their age, we were in the street, at Lagos, London, everywhere.
“You are PDP in the morning, APC in the afternoon and SDP in the evening, and they say they are young, the youth should be ashamed of themselves.”
Light at the end of the tunnel
He, however, expressed optimism that there is light at the end of the tunnel, saying “as a Christian, I still have hope.
“If Nigerians are conscious of their right, and they know what to do but where is the demonstration in the country that Buhari government must go?”
The Bishop of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. Simeon Borokini described Fasonrati as a rare breed who had etched his mark in the sand of time.
The state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, also described Fasoranti as one of the best assets of the Yoruba nation and a hero of democracy who should be celebrated.
Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said “we gather here today to celebrate one of the best from the Yoruba nation.
“His selfless service stands him out and he remains one of the heroes of democracy in the country today.”