The Afenifere Renewal Group has said that criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, is born out of the need to ensure that the government did the right things.
Yinka Odumakin, the spokesperson of the Yoruba social-political group who stated this while speaking on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics said if the government does the right thing like when it gave national honours to the Chief MKO Abiola, other heroes of Democracy and declared June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day, then it would receive praise as it did then.
“When they do good things, we say it. When this government decided to honour June 12, didn’t we commend it? We did.
“We are not mad people who will see (a) good thing and say it’s bad but we are also not sycophants who will see (a) bad thing and say it’s good,” Odumakin said.
Odumakin, who is, however, sceptical about Buhari’s administration doing more good things in its second term said he has no other country than Nigeria and is keen to see things improve because “every day that we spend under bad conditions” helps no one and “every day that we spend under good conditions is a plus for all of us”.
“Even if you do not support the government, you will not say that the country should be destroyed. We will be happy if they (the government) get it right.”
While noting that getting it right involves “creating happiness all around”, ensuring economic growth, jobs and prosperity as well as security for Nigerians, Odumakin stated that the reality was that there were more wrongs than good, and faulted the approach to security challenges in the country including the decision to deploy soldiers to the highways in the South to tackle kidnapping and crime.
Speaking on the recent killing of some policemen by soldiers in Taraba State, he argued that there were more questions than answers.
The Afenifere spokesperson also faulted the detention of the Publisher of SaharReporters, an online news medium, Omoyele Sowore, insisting that the government were too hasty in clamping down on the protesters who were only expressing their unhappiness with the way things were in the country.