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Afenifere Won’t Criticise Buhari Yet – Adebanjo

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi –  Lagos


Elder statesman and chieftain of pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, on Thursday, urged Nigerians to be patient with the Muhammadu Buhari – led administration, saying it is too early to give a verdict on the government.

Recently, there have been widespread criticisms from some Nigerians over what they termed the slow pace of the Buhari administration in making certain decisions such as the composition of his cabinet and effectively prosecuting the war against Islamist fundamentalist sect , Boko Haram.

Others have also faulted the seeming lopsidedness in the recent appointments made by the president which a lot of Nigerians believed favoured the Northern part of the country where he hails from.

But Adebanjo, who spoke in a chat with Daily Independent, said it is unfair to start confronting the new government which was sworn-in a month ago with attacks and criticism.

According to him, Afenifere will give Buhari ample time to prove through his sterling performance that the group was wrong for not endorsing him as their candidate in the March 28 presidential election.

He said: “We are still watching because the administration has just started. It will be too early to judge him.  He should know better. He struggled to rule Nigeria for almost 12 years before he eventually became the president. So, I expected him to know our problems.”

“He should understand the areas of our conflict and because he believe he can solve them, that was why he contested for and was elected as president. So, let him perform according to what he promised to do. Let no one disturb him. It is so early to criticize him.  Whatever he does now, let us watch. Don’t let us confront him with attacks and criticism.”

“To those of us who are opposed to him, it is too early to talk anything negative about him. We have to give him time to prove us wrong on why we said he is unfit to be the president of this country. He should prove that we are wrong in our judgement and he is right. Don’t let us face him with a lot of criticism now.”