The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, has called on President Bola Tinubu to urgently ameliorate the pains of Nigerians occasioned by the withdrawal of fuel subsidy.
The Leader of Afenifere Worldwide, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, said this in a statement issued Thursday by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Jare Ajayi, while congratulating President Bola Tinubu on his victory at the Presidential Electoral Petitions Tribunal.
He said the judgment, which further validated the electoral victory of February 25th, should be seen not only as an indication of growing democracy in the country but also as a challenge to the present administration to actualize various promises contained in the Renewed Hope manifesto presented to Nigerians in 2022 and 2023.
The elder statesman also charged all concerned to now brace up for proper governance so that Nigerians would quickly put the present hardship behind them and begin to experience improved standards in their welfare while the country itself begins a fast-paced journey towards becoming a developed nation.
Fasoranti said: “As I indicated in my congratulatory message when you, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was declared winner of this year’s presidential election, your victory raises a lot of hope, and you can not afford to fail Nigerians.
“Incidentally, your manifesto on how to reset Nigeria resonates with my vision for having a Nigeria of which we all would be proud – as I mentioned to you on the two occasions you visited me last year in Akure. Going by the steps you have taken so far; I believe that you are setting the country on a sound footing for progress”.
“Restructuring and proper federalisation of the country should form important aspects of the rejigging to be effected.”
Fasoranti commended all the parties involved in the petitions, stating that their choice of going to court was part of the process of deepening democracy in Nigeria.
He added: “For instance, the petitions gave the judiciary the opportunity to make far-reaching pronouncements on some important aspects of our electoral law and aspects of the Constitution that deal with election matters.
“The pronouncements by the eminent judges shed more light and enlighten us more on how to go about our electoral processes.”
The elder statesman added that politicians should learn a lot of lessons from the verdict so that they would be better guided in their future electoral activities.
He saluted Nigerians, the judiciary and all those involved in the judicial processes for the peaceful manner in which the matter was handled.