By Eric Elezuo
A chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not one to be reckon with when it comes to counting real Yoruba men with genuine Yoruba cause.
Adebanjo was speaking in an interview he granted The Punch.
“Obasanjo is never one of us, don’t bring him into this. If we regarded Obasanjo as one of us, why didn’t we vote for him? We never voted for him. Even when he rigged it (presidential election), people knew he rigged it in the western region. He was also doing that to please the people of the North so that he too could continue (in office),” Adebanjo was quoted as saying while answering question on why a Yorubaman like Obasanjo could not have honoured Abiola throughout his eight years rule
Speaking further, the elder statesman questioned the viability of Obasanjo’s involvement in the struggle for actualisation of June 12.
“Was Obasanjo one of us? Was it not Obasanjo who said Abiola was not the messiah? Don’t bring him in. Don’t listen to anybody who says when your man was there, he didn’t do it. Obasanjo’s case is a different kettle of fish,” he said.
Adebanjo lambasted President Buhari for playing to the gallery, saying that he only wishes to score a cheap political point. He wondered why Buhari has not done what he did in the last three years he has been in office, adding that the Yorubas are not fools.
“Of course, it is. If he knew it was something that should be done, he had been in office for three years, why is it that it was when he realised that he was ending his first term in office and requiring votes that he remembered to do it. He thinks that we are so foolish and he can say that he did something for us. As I said, we have not got cattle brains, we have got real brains,” he said.
He also condemned the attack unleashed on former President Goodluck Jonathan for renaming the University of Lagos after Abiola, saying that his intention was good though he made an error of judgment.
“Jonathan committed an error of judgment on the subject of honouring him, but don’t confuse that with the spirit that he had.”