The acting Leader of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has berated President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Speaking during an interview with The Punch, Adebanjo said Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving each other.
He stated that Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition would fall through.
“But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) since they supported him (Buhari),” said Mr Adebanjo. “I have said it openly before, and I would say it again that Buhari is deceiving Tinubu and Tinubu is deceiving Buhari.
“If Tinubu contests the primary in APC today, he will fail.”
Adebanjo explained, “I’m not telling you what people say. I want you to write what I say and when it happens, let us see who is right. People talk about an agreement between them, but Buhari is deceiving him, and he (Buhari) has an agenda of his own. All the time we have been shouting that Nigeria would break, what has Buhari said? What has he said to assuage those fears or to tell people it won’t happen?
“We just have to keep talking. That is why people are being killed, and he sits in the Aso Rock. People were killed and kidnapped, and he said we should make friends with our neighbours, and another time, it was to appease kidnappers with government money. We are all witnesses. Why are we all living in denial? If the people in government are living in denial, what about the victims? If you live in denial, you will die in it. Young people won’t say Adebanjo didn’t warn them.”
He also accused Buhari of planning the complete takeover of the country by Fulani, attributing the rampaging of killer herdsmen across the country, particularly in the southern part of the country, to the president’s private agenda even though Buhari had clearly stated in his inaugural speech in 2015 that he belonged to nobody and everybody.
“If it’s not living in denial, (Governor Rotimi) Akeredolu asked herdsmen to vacate Ondo state forests reserved because of kidnapping and rape. They tried to change the narrative that he said Fulani people should leave the West. When they are talking like that, they don’t refer to the offence their people have committed. That is why I said Buhari has a private agenda.
“If people can’t see, I have said enough. If people don’t make the government realise that they are no fools, they would be taking them for a ride. But some people kept quiet because they were getting the crumbs on the table.”