A group, Nigerian Forum for Good Governance and Leadership, has condemned an alleged attack on former President Olusegun Obasanjo by the immediate past Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The group said Fayose may be deceiving himself to supposedly think that attacking Obasanjo and praising President Muhammadu Buhari, can soften the ground for him over his ongoing alleged corruption trial.
Fayose had in the spirit of first Democracy Day celebrated on June 12, wrote on his Twitter handle on Thursday:
”Honouring MKO Abiola by@Mr Buhari is to Obasanjo’s shame.
It remains a sore point of his political history that because of ego, Obasanjo, who is the greatest beneficiary of the June 12, 1993 struggle, failed to honour his kinsman, MKO Abiola.
”So, I commend President Muhamnadu Buhari.”
In its response in a statement on Friday, president of the Forum for Good Governance and Leadership, Professor Tejumade Akitoye-Rhodes, described Fayose’s attack as “untoward, “uncouth” and against Yoruba custom of respect for elders.
”At a time all patriots are concerned about the multifarious challenges affecting the continuity of our nation, we at the Nigerian Forum for Good Governance and Leadership advise Mr Fayose to focus his attention on the corruption cases against him.
”He should face his cases in courts rather than engage in cheap mudslinging against a revered figure like Chief Obasanjo, who remains a dogged fighter for fairness and equity not only in this nation but across the world.
”If Mr Fayose thinks he can soften the ground for himself by praising President Buhari over June 12 Democracy Day honour for Abiola, he is deceiving himself.
”We are sure President Buhari who had been constantly abused and berated by Fayose is not fooled either,” the statement read in part.