Reuben Fasoranti, the immediate past leader of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, has said the group was right not to have supported President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections.
Fasoranti said this at the 70th-anniversary thanksgiving service of the Ondo State chapter of Afenifere held at Saint David Cathedral, Akure, the state capital, on Sunday.
According to the nonagenarian, corruption and nepotism have been the hallmarks of the Buhari-led administration for the past six years.
He explained that the decision taken by the group not to support the president in the 2015 and 2019 elections was in the best interest of not only the Yoruba but Nigerians.
He said: “We were justified in not supporting President Muhammadu Buhari. He has not been doing well, that is why we did not support him. There is insecurity in the land. There is corruption everywhere.
“All those who committed one crime or the other, he left them in office to continue their nefarious activities. Those who he should sack, he left them in office. Thank God we did not support him in his elections.
“My daughter was killed in Ore on her way to Lagos; up till now, they have not concluded the trial. I know justice will be done.”
Fasoranti said it had not been easy for Afenifere during its 70 years of existence, especially during the military regimes when members were sent to prison or exile for championing democracy.
He said the struggle for democracy during the NADECO days tested the faith of members, who either renounced their membership or fled to exile.
Simeon Borokini, the Bishop of Akure Diocese, Anglican Communion, in his sermon said for Afenifere to have survived 70 years despite several challenges showed God’s hand in the affairs of the mainstream Yoruba organisation.