Elder statesman and chieftain of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okurounmu, has accused ‘northern cabal’ of using the Nigerian Army to fly coup kite to see how Nigerians will react.
Okurounmu said the north was already warming up to retain power in case President Muhammadu Buhari dies in office.
He was reacting to a recent statement by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TY Buratai, that he received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.
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Speaking with Punch, Okurounmu said, “The Chief of Army staff is only flying a kite to see how people will react if there is a coup. It is the Hausa-Fulani cabal – each time they feel threatened that power might slip from their hands, they think of a coup.
“All other coups save for the (Kaduna) Nzeogwu and (Gideon) Orkar coups, were all planned by the northerners. They did not want a repeat of what happened during the late President Umaru Yar’Adua when (Goodluck) Jonathan became president. So, they are already preparing to retain the presidency in case anything happens to President Buhari.
On the ill-health of the president, the Yoruba elder said, “If Nigerians are the ones that elected him as their president, then he owes Nigerians the right to know. Nigerians should know the condition of their president’s health. He is no more a private person.
“Anybody can fall sick. The President’s health issue should be of public knowledge. By not letting Nigerians know, the northerners are riding roughshod over us – southerners. They are exploiting our timidity. When it comes to facing the excesses of the North, a lot of us in the South can’t face them and assert our right.”