Oyogist has learned that Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, has said former Nigerian president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has lost the opportunity to be the father of a new Nigeria.
Afenifere stated this on Saturday while reacting to the excuse given by Babangida for annulling the June 12 election won by M.K.O Abiola.
Babangida, in an interview with newsmen had said he annulled the election to prevent a violent coup d’etat.
Afenifere, in a statement issued by Sola Ebiseni secretary-general of Afenifere, described Babangida’s comment as “a sour taste in the mouth.”
The statement read:
“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.
“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 gainsaying the fact that the present administration has made saints of all previous administrations in every aspect of governance.”