BREAKING NEWS: Pa Ayo Fasanmi, Nigerian Yoruba Leader, Is DEAD
July. 30, 2020
Pa Ayo Fasanmi, leader of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has died at the age of 94.
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Fasanmi, who was a pharmacist, died on Wednesday night according to his son, Afolabi.
He wrote in a statement, “With gratitude to the Almighty God for a life well spent, we wish to announce the demise of our father, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, at the ripe age of 94 years.”
Afolabi said his father, who was a Second Republic senator, died peacefully in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
Until his demise, Fasanmi was the leader of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Egbe Afenifere, and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress.
He joined the Obafemi Awolowo-led Unity Party of Nigeria in 1978 and was a candidate in the Ondo State governorship primary election but lost to Adekunle Ajasin, the former governor of Ondo State.
Buhari’s Government, Most Incompetent – Afenifere
Scooper reported earlier how Afenifere joined other prominent socio-political organisations in the central and southern parts of the country to attack Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, after he dismissed the notion that the office of the president should be rotated across the Nigerian regions.
Afenifere, including the Middle Belt Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the South-South Elders’ Forum, in separate interviews reported by The PUNCH, asserted that Daura’s uncle, Buhari, benefitted from zoning in 2015.
They further claimed that if Buhari were to be assessed based on Daura’s call for competence, the President was incompetent given the way he had been handling affairs of the country.
But the pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, said zoning was alien to the constitution of the country.
Daura had, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC, which was monitored in Abuja on Tuesday, said the country rotated the presidency thrice.
He stated, “This turn-by-turn, it was done once, it was done twice, and it was done thrice… It is better for this country to be one…it should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere.”
Reacting to Daura's statement, Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said Daura should have made the call for the abandonment of zoning in 2015 when Buhari became President.
His words, “He (Daura) should have developed the competency idea before 2015, if he meant well. What he is doing now is what is called knowing how to keep the meat in the mouth and not seeing it again.
“Any idea of doing away with zoning without going back to federalism will not work. We know that they were referring to the Jonathan administration as incompetent, but this administration is the most incompetent this country has ever seen. Competence is having the necessary ability and knowledge.”
On his part, the National Coordinator of the South-South Elders Forum, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe said Daura could not decide for Nigeria how or where the Presidency should go.
He said, “Buhari became President because of the North and South zoning. So if Buhari is incompetent, Mamman Daura should tell Nigerians that his uncle is incompetent.”
Asked what his opinion of competence is, Sara-Igbe said, “For us in the South, we have produced the best. When a South-South President was there, (making a reference to Dr Goodluck Jonathan) Nigeria’s economy was number one and we saw relative peace in the nation.”
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