The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has condemned the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, over its refusal to support former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his 2023 presidential bid.
MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said he believed that Tinubu, who is also a national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC deserves to reap from the gains of democracy, having sacrificed so much for its realisation.
According to Akintola: “As a member of the CD under Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti in those tough days, the Director of MURIC can testify that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu visited No. 19, Imaria Street, Anthony Village, Lagos secretariat of Dr. Beko, who was the CD chairman on several occasions to give both moral and financial support. It was a huge risk for him to have done this with the Abacha gestapo on the trail of pro-democracy activists,”
He added: “Unlike Afenifere’s cold attitude towards the only Yoruba man who has shown interest in the presidency (at least publicly), the Igbo socio-cultural group, the Ohaneze, has pledged to support two Igbo men (Anyim Pius Anyim and Dave Umahi), who have expressed interest in the presidency with 10 billion naira.
“We call on Afenifere to sharpen its political instinct. An adage says one good turn deserves another. The Yoruba socio-cultural group should neither reject its best candidate nor remain neutral at a time others are embracing their own,”