Obasanjo’s visit to Afenifere: Gathering storm against Buhari’s 2019 presidency
The recent visit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the residence of the leader of the pan Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti has been eliciting and drawing reactions and counter- reactions from politicians, political analysts and the general public.
However, they all came to the conclusion that the visit signified a new political rapprochement, alignment and part of build up to the 2019 general election, as Obasanjo’s to the leadership of Afenifere after some 20 years of not according the group their deserved recognition as a leading voice and force for the Yoruba nation, echoed the collapsing of dividing walls, while sworn enemies sheathe swords to unite against President Buhari’s second term ambition.
Obasanjo during the short meeting which lasted less than 30 minutes saw Afenifere as an ally in the process of repositioning the country, noting that while Afenifere has been in the forefront of fighting for the interest of the Yoruba nation, he was working in the interest of the country as a whole. Obasanjo, however, said their paths crossed as they were seen to be working towards the same goals of fostering unity between their people but on a different pedestal.
Speaking during his visit, the visitor acknowledged the role of the leadership of Afenifere for being in the forefront of a just and equitable Nigeria, saying he was on the same page with the group to save Nigeria from the verge of destruction. He recalled seeking the group’s support for his election some 20 years ago but said he was turned down by the group, linking the rejection to the differences in principles or ideologies of the group and his platform then.