Reno Omokri, the ex-Special Assistant on New Media to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day, is a desperate attempt to gain undeserved goodwill from Nigerians.
According to the Tribune, Omokri said Buhari’s administration had turned Nigeria into one of the poorest countries in the world, contradicting the personality of the late MKO Abiola who was known for his goodwill and commitment to the emancipation of the poor.
“It has come to my attention that the Buhari Presidency, embarrassed that not a single former President or ex-head of state attended Muhammadu Buhari’s June 12 celebration, is spreading tales, through faceless groups and expected to grace the headlines of tomorrow’s papers, to the effect that former President Goodluck Jonathan refused to rename the National Stadium Abuja despite advice to do so, because he was afraid of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and lacked the courage to do so,” he said.
The notion that Jonathan did not honour Abiola, according to Omokri, is a “ridiculous assertion”.
Omokri had earlier argued that on the first anniversary of his inauguration as president on May 29, 2012, former President Jonathan honored Chief MKO Abiola, by renaming the University of Lagos after the politician, which UNILAG students protested against.
“Between the national stadium and the University of Lagos, which is more prestigious and which would require more courage to rename?
“It would also be recalled that former President Jonathan took several other courageous decisions during his presidency, including firing two ministers when questions of impropriety were raised against them.
“There have been a number of serious and proven cases of impropriety involving Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers, including two incidents of clearly established cases of certificate forgery. Did Mr. Buhari have the courage to move against them?” He added that Buhari had failed in his bid to gain “undeserved goodwill” from the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day.
“But after he was snubbed by all living former Nigerian leaders and Nigeria’s only Nobel Laureate, he had to cook up a story to satisfy his guests, some of whom, like President Paul Kagame, have castigated him to his face.
“For the avoidance of doubt, let me state here that the slogan for chief MKO Abiola’s Hope 93 campaign was ‘Farewell to Poverty’. Today, Buhari, a man who made Nigeria the world’s headquarters for extreme poverty, wants to reap Abiola’s goodwill,” he pointed out, as he contended that it was not possible that Buhari could gain any goodwill by making Jonathan, a man who made Nigeria the world’s third fastest-growing economy, his scapegoat.
“It is,therefore, not a surprise that those who really knew and loved Chief Abiola, chose to stay away from such a farce,” Omokri added.