The leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, said on Monday that the bad government overseen by President Muhammadu Buhari, and not COVID-19, is responsible for the country falling into another recession.
According to Adebanjo, COVID-19 only compounded the weak economy and political instability that reigned under the Buhari-led administration.
Speaking to journalists after a visit to Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, Adebanjo said that only ignorant people will buy COVID-19 as a reason for another recession in the country.
Although he described the trend of events in the country as sad, Adebanjo said he was not surprised by the failure of the Buhari government to establish a strong economy.
“I’m not surprised; I’m just sad. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has never been acceptable to me. He doesn’t know and he doesn’t know he doesn’t know.
“We are not ignorant people. When did COVID-19 start? In which position did COVID-19 meet us? Other countries also had COVID-19 but due to a strong economy; solid political stability, it did not affect them as we are having.
“Don’t be fooled by COVID-19; we are not the only victim of COVID-19. But because of the mismanagement that COVID-19 met us, we are having this.
“And instead of facing this, he is talking about harassing, repressing the press. We return to the military regime. This is not what we are fighting for, ”Adebanjo said.
Once again, Adebanjo reiterated calls for the restructuring of the country and for the removal of what he described as a fraudulent constitution imposed by the military.
These, he said, will correct the imbalance in the current structure and allow federated units to have fair and equitable access to power.
However, he regretted that Buhari had continued to show an unfavorable stance to give in to calls for restructuring.
“The way is that he restructures the country now and you don’t entertain anybody asking where the presidency will go. It is a distraction.
“When we restructure the country and we have an acceptable constitution agreed by all federated units, not the one imposed by the military. We will know where the presidency will go; the presidency is a right of any unit in the country ”, added Adebanjo.