Senator Ayo Fasanmi, a chieftain of Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere has warned Yoruba groups to stop critiquing President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for the second term.
Speaking on criticisms by some factional Yoruba leaders, Fasanmi hailed the Buhari administration for fulfilling its promises on corruption and security.
In a statement on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, Fasanmi described the claim that President Buhari is old and weak as “mere emotion that has no relevance in present Nigeria’s political situations”.
He said: “Let me warn some so-called Yoruba groups to desist from the attempt to draft the Yoruba race into unwelcome national opposition and negative narratives on national events by their destructive criticism of President Buhari.
“It has come to our notice that certain groups have appointed themselves as opposition spokesmen on behalf of the Yoruba nation, as if they were elected to do so. This is not the right thing to do.
“How can a group decide never to see anything good in this government? How can a group decide to pit the Yoruba against a government that has its son as Number Two?
“President Buhari should be eulogised for fulfilling his campaign promises with particular references to critical sectors, like security, war against corruption and the economy.
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“He has even done much more, particularly in global politics. Nigeria is no more a pariah and a disdained nation where people think a President can be derogated by a few to make him lose an election.
“On the issue of his (President’s) age, as being canvassed by some groups, that President Buhari should not re-contest, many elderly people are leaders of their countries, such as the United States. Though Buhari has advanced in age, he is still capable and agile to lead Nigeria.
“Many younger people have led this country in the past, yet what is the result? To be old as a leader of government business should not be the issue, but whether or not such a person is delivering the expected services.
“I, therefore, advise the Yoruba nation to seek more relevance with the national government for more infrastructural intervention, more so our sons and daughters are placed in critical positions in the Buhari administration.”
He further hailed former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as well as Chief Bisi Akande, and Otunba Niyi Adebayo for their leadership roles in making the Yoruba more relevant and acceptable in the Buhari administration.