Akintoye berates Buhari over leadership style
The Leader of the Yoruba World Congress, Prof. Banji Akintoye, yesterday lamented that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari was being run like a personal estate of a small cabal, while the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had been boxed into a disrespectful corner.
The elder statesman noted that the former Chief of Staff, the late Abba Kyari, was unconstitutionally positioned as a de-facto president, saying: “It represents the ultimate manifestation of the seizure of government by a cabal belonging to a small section of our country, an unconstitutional seizure of government that is being effected and perpetuated by impunity and by spiteful disregard of the respect due to other sections and nationalities of our country who together constitute the majority in our country.”
Akintoye, who posited that Nigerians and other nations of the world had continued to watch with shock, pain and total disbelief and pity, urged the re-adjustment of policy and asked the government to abide by the constitution.
He said: “During eulogy on the late Abba Kyari by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, we of YWC draw the attention of all Nigerians to his final statement. Garba Shehu said that the fact of Abba Kyari’s passage does not mean that there is a vacuum in the government of Nigeria; that though Abba Kyari had been away for one month before he died, yet the job of government had not stopped and that there is a structure in place to ensure continuity even though it is the President’s eventual responsibility to decide who takes over from Abba Kyari.
“Our position is that Nigeria is being run as the Banana Republic, a country in which the structure of government depends on the whims and caprices of the leader of the government. This is outrageous and unacceptable, and that it should stop immediately.
“Nigeria is a fully constitutional republic in which the structure of government is laid down by the constitution. Therefore, it is outrageous and unacceptable that constitutionally provided for, and constitutionally appointed, office holders of the government of Nigeria should, under any circumstances, be subjected to the absurdity of having to go through the Chief of Staff to see the President.”
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