The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) on Wednesday said the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan since he effectively became Nigeria’s president “is not worth the endorsement of any patriotic citizen.”
The group, which is sponsored by former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, and is different from the mainstream Afenifere, also said it was not a party to the endorsement of Jonathan’s re-election bid as stated in different media reports.
The group stated this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Famoriyo, describing the use of its insignia to promote the said endorsement as fraudulent and an attempt to deceive the Yoruba people.
“It has come to our notice that some broadcast stations are using ARG’s name and logo to promote the said endorsement. This is fraudulent and we wish to advise media houses to be wary of such fraudulent promoters especially now that public interest must be defended by the media,” the statement said.
“The ARG is not a party to the endorsement and does not in fact think the performance of the president since May 2010 is worth the endorsement of any patriotic citizen. We believe there is a difference between ‘transformation,’ which President Jonathan promised Nigerians in 2011 and mere ‘reform’ of the same governance culture that Nigerians have rejected.”
“The ARG does not dictate to the generality of the Yoruba people, rather it gives voice to their feelings and aspirations. The extensive consultations we have made showed that Yoruba people have come to a firm conclusion that they have been at the shorter end of the stick under the Jonathan-led government, under whose administration, nepotism and ethnocentrism have taken over as the emblem of our presidential politics.”
“ARG therefore stands with the aspirations of Yoruba people for change. As echoed in Abeokuta recently at the public lecture organised by the Ogun State chapter of ARG, the change that we demand include a public pledge to restructure the country in such a way that power will devolve to the most efficient federating unit.”