Yoruba’s socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has lambasted former Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, saying he lived in everlasting regrets and misplaced a possibility in 1993 to turn into Nigeria’s hero of democracy.
Afenifere added that the explanation the previous army dictator gave for annulling the June 12 election was an insult on the intelligence of Nigerians.
The election, which was keenly contested by the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, the late MKO Abiola; and the Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention, and mentioned to have been received by Abiola, was adjudged as essentially the most clear election in Nigeria’s political historical past.
But the ballot was declared a nullity by the army regime led by Babangida.
In an interview on Friday, IBB had mentioned he annulled the election to forestall a violent coup d’etat.
But reacting, Sola Ebiseni, Secretary-General of Afenifere, described Babangida’s remark as “a sour taste in the mouth.”
“Babangida has not said a new thing worthy of any reaction in respect of his treasonable acts of the annulment of the adjudged freest and fairest election in the country’s political history,” he mentioned.
“Nigerians are not interested in any excuse being given by IBB. It is even most preposterous that IBB will only now be insulting the intelligence of Nigerians that he annulled their mandate to forestall a violent coup, which, by reasonable inference, he was aware of.
“He lost the opportunity of being the hero of democracy and father of a new Nigeria, an eternal regret that no whitewashing on television can redeem.
“However, it is no gain saying the fact that the present administration has made saints of all previous administrations in every aspect of governance.”
He additionally mentioned the President Muhammadu Buhari authorities has failed within the areas of his guarantees to Nigerians on safety, economic system and anti-corruption.