A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani-Kayode has revealed the main reason for always criticising President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former Minister of Aviation, who is a staunch critic of the President said his opposition is based on principle and his conviction.
Fani-Kayode, who usually said there are cabals running the affairs of Buhari’s administration said he could not be silent in the face of the “dark and sinister forces” represented by the administration.
He pointed out that his constant criticisms of Buhari’s administration in the last five years were driven by “the atrocities of herdsmen and Boko Haram, and the tyranny, wickedness, evil, corruption and incompetence of the regime.”
While stating that he had been “humiliated, persecuted, incarcerated and insulted” than most people in the country due to his unrelenting opposition to the Federal Government, Fani-Kayode, who is undergoing trial for alleged corruption, lamented that Nigerians ignored his advice to reject President Buhari at the polls in 2015, and they also repeated the same mistake by re-electing him in 2019.
In a statement, the PDP chieftain said that he chose to speak for the oppressed members of the society.
“I have also spoken up for the weak, the poor, the oppressed, the deprived, the voiceless and the persecuted across ethnic, religious and party lines.
“And I have done all this right under the noses of those in power and not from distant shores or foreign land. That does not, however, mean that I have lost my humanity. That does not mean that I will relish in anyone’s death.
“That does not mean that I will dance on the grave of others because death comes to us all and doing so diminishes us as human beings and makes us little better than beasts.”
He also stated that for the last 30 years, he has written and spoken out against the alleged atrocities and the hegemony that the people of the South and the Middle Belt and the Christian community have suffered in the hands of oppressors since 1914 and over the last 106 years.
On the past injustices that have not been redressed, Fani-Kayode said that Southeast continued to count the cost of the 30-month old civil war.
“I have also consistently argued that the people of the Southeast were subjected to nothing less than genocide during the civil war and that if we really want peace, we must make the necessary amends and atonement for this and they must be treated in an accommodating, reasonable and compassionate way and with far more decency and sensitivity.”
he also said that the Christian minorities in the North have been victims of ”ethnic cleansing, mass murder, crimes against humanity and genocide” in the last 60 years. He said they should be treated with respect and dignity.
On the future, he said: “What lies ahead for our country is frightful and chilling because the extremists and hardliners in the Federal Government are now in full control with no one to moderate, restrain or put them in check.”
He added: “What makes it worse is that the President has hidden in the Aso Rock bunker and has refused to step out and offer direction or provide strong and purposeful leadership.”