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Probe Past Leaders From 1999, Fasehun Tells Buhari

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 1:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase Lagos

Founder of the Oodua’s People Congress (OPC), Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, has advised President Mohammadu Buhari to begin the probe of the country’s past leaders with the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.

Speaking on Saturday, during the celebration of his 80th birthday celebration in Lagos, Fasheun said the probe should be across board so as not to be seen as political witch-hunt.

The Federal Government has restricted his probe to the four-year administration of his predecessor- Dr. Goodluck Jonathan between 2010 and June 29, this year.

According to him, “The probe must be across board, if it is not, it is witch-hunting. Nothing stops the government from probing past leaders in Nigeria over 16 years, since civilian took over. It should start from the return to democracy in 1999, we believe in total probe not witch-hunting.”

Fasehun said he had given up carrying placards at 80.

“I want to tell Nigerians that I am not partisan, you have said I am an elders statesman and an icon, henceforth my stand will be neutral, in everything either political, ethnic and in all, I will no longer carry placards at 80 anymore,” he stressed.

He thanked God for keeping him alive to now, in a country where the official lifespan is 52 years.

“My thanks also go to the great Nigerian people, especially those who have in several ways shown appreciation for the little I have been privileged to contribute to democracy and nation building.

“I am especially elated to see people from different parts of the country and different generations here today. Hopefully, this birthday event –that has brought Nigerians, of all tribes, tongues and ages together– will serve as another catalyst for building bridges of national unity.

“We must seize every opportunity to facilitate the long-desired unity and brotherhood that will project the image of the country to what we have always wished for,” he stressed.

Fasehun thereby called on government to see Nigerians as partners in building bridges, because “as we all know, the journey to democracy is usually not easy because human nature is more conditioned towards selfish autocracy and egoistic dictatorship. That is why agitators for democracy in any land have a lot to confront to persuade the powers-that-be to be their brother’s keeper, instead of carrying on in the natural propensity of humans, such as subjugating the downtrodden, stamping upon the underprivileged, selfish building of dynasties and corrupt amassing of public resources.”