Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has described the reasons former military president, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, gave for annulling the June 12, 1993 presidential election as an insult on the intelligence of Nigerians.
In an interview with Arise Television on Friday, Babangida had said he annulled the election to prevent a violent coup d’etat that could have plunged the country into instability.
However, Afenifere, in a statement issued on Saturday by its Secretary-General, Sola Ebiseni, described Babangida’s comment as “a sour taste in the mouth.”
The statement read part: “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 gain saying the fact that the present administration has made saints of all previous administrations in every aspect of governance,” Ebiseni said.
He further said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has failed in the areas of his promises to Nigerians on security, economy and anti-corruption.
Ebiseni added that the Babangida regime cannot be accused of sectional and sectarian disposition which is the hallmark of the Buhari government.