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The Greatest Mistake Nigeria Made Was Voting Buhari- Adebanjo

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Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo in a recent interview talked on the leadership style of president Muhammad Buhari and the Involvement of the All Progressive Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in the affairs of the country.

What do you think of the rift between the chairman of the All progressive Congress, Chief John Odigie -Oyegun, and the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu?

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was used by the people who do not have the interest of the Yoruba ‘s at heart. He chose to follow the President sheepishly, despite my warnings to him that Buhari, has not changed. Bola Tinubu, chose to blindly support Buhari. I am not concerned about the APC politics, but rather what is happening  in the party is more than a gang up against Tinubu. I am worried for Tinubu, because he is the voice of the Yoruba people.

Is there any link between it and the socio -political  crisis in Nigeria?

That is the reason we are having problems in Nigeria today. You have the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign  state of Biafra,  the Niger Delta Avengers, and the Indigenous People of Biafra. It is a question of the constitution  of the nation. It’s unfortunate  that some people are blindly  following  Buhari hoping he will share power with them.

I agree with the people who said Tinubu made a mistake to have supported Buhari  to emerge as Nigeria’s President. The APC is a melting pot of various interest  groups; you have the Tinubu group, the Buhari group and the other groups. If the ruling party is fragmented then we are in a mess. The mess was evident from the beginning  of this administration when the party could not agree on who should take positions in the National Assembly. The APC is characterized  by personal reasons, selfishness,  and narrow-mindedness. They came together  without  a definite purpose on what to take to the government.

What is the way forward?

I wish Tinubu can get things right, regroup and get out of the unholy alliance he got himself involved in, for the benefit of the Yoruba nation and the south. In 2019,there will be no APC  and if there is, it won’t be in this form.

Why do you think that by 2019 there would be no APC or that the party would have weakened?

Are you not a journalist? Can’t you decipher it?  The signs are there. It is common sense. There is no unity of purpose in that party. Where is the unity when Tinubu  said the chairman  of that party is a traitor? He accused  him of treachery :that he is not acting alone because he has the backing of the leaders of the party. I don’t like the crisis I am seeing because it is affecting the masses.

Everything  that is happening  now is what I have said before. Buhari  is a dictator;  he does not obey the rule of law;  he is a tribal jingoist and so on. What has he done about the crisis in the country  so far?. What has he said or done about the rampaging  of the Fulani herdsmen in the East,West and North so far? He denied the marauders  are Fulani’s. He claimed that they are foreigners The notion that they are foreigners  is even worse.

Are you disappointed  about the president’s performance so far?

I am disappointed  that  Buhari has not disappointed  me.The reason is that I spoke against  him in the 2015 elections and I am not happy that his actions have vindicated  me that I was right all the while. His supporters  then thought I was castigating  him .But the actions he took during his first time of ruling the country was done under military regime.

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