Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State, has decried what he termed as President Muhammadu Buhari’s (retd.) “failure” to deliver on his campaign pledges.
Oyinlola, who claimed to have played a key part in Buhari’s election campaign, expressed sorrow for his actions, saying he should have heeded former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s warning that Buhari was unsuitable to lead the country.
The former governor stated this in an interview with BBC Yoruba, which our correspondent observed.
“I am saddened that Buhari admitted he had no idea what restructuring is,” Oyinlola added. I was a key figure in the election of Buhari to the presidency. Restructuring was one of the programmes we promoted to the South, but it was stunning when the President revealed in an interview that he had no idea what it meant. May God pardon us and have pity on us because this was not what we had expected.
“We made a lot of promises to the public, but none of them have been kept, especially when it comes to security. It seemed as if Boko Haram would be forgotten six months after Buhari took office. We did not listen to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo when he informed us that Buhari was unfit to lead the country.
“We assumed that because he had previously served as a military Head of State, he would know how to best deal with the country’s instability. There hasn’t been a time scarier than this one since we earned independence and went through a civil war.
“Every day, we read newspaper reports of people being abducted and killed. Parents are already hesitant to send their children to school. Since 1999, insecurity has not been this high.”
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Oyinlola expressed his dissatisfaction with Nigeria’s existing federal system, believing that the country should return to the era of regional governments.
“Before the military took over, our form of government was federalism,” he explained. Those were the days when the South-West, South-East, and North each did their own thing and sent whatever resources they had to the centre. Regional governments provided education, energy, water, and other services, and they were doing a good job for their citizens.
“However, we won’t be able to eat or drink until we are in Abuja. Buhari’s administration does not adhere to democratic principles.
“We are all one, but when the government’s policies, appointments, and other decisions favour one section of the country, other regions are bound to feel dissatisfied.”
Oyinlola went on to say that because the President was partial and favoured some regions over others, it was best if everyone went their own way.
“We are all one in this land, but it’s unfortunate that some tribes are pampered and treated with child gloves while others are treated badly. As things stand now, if we can’t advance as a country, it’s best if we split up.
“It is preferable that we return to our regional governments; there was a time when little was expected of the federal government, but now even state appropriations are decided by the federal government. This style is no longer beneficial to us, thus it’s best if we split up.”
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