Don’t turn Nigeria into Banana republic, Obanikoro tells promoters of interim govt

A former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, says those protesting and kicking against the inauguration of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, on 29 May, should not turn the country into a “banana republic”.

Mr Obanikoro, a former ambassador of Nigeria to Ghana, made the remark while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the 9th Ramadan Lecture of Anwar-Ul Islam College, Agege, Old Students’ Association (ACAOSA), on Saturday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Ramadan Lecture had in attendance various alumni of the school including Mr Obanikoro, Tunde Balogun, former Lagos APC chairman, civil servants, technocrats, entrepreneurs, legal practitioners and academics.

The lecture was titled, “Islamic Perspective of a Good Governance: Any Lesson for Nigeria?”

Mr Obanikoro said: “They are daydreaming. There is no perfect election anywhere in the world.

“For anyone that is not satisfied, what is next is to go through the judiciary. If you feel aggrieved, go to the court.

“We cannot turn Nigeria into a banana republic.

“Our system is not perfect, it is a work in progress, we have to continue to work at it until we get to a situation that all of us will be comfortable with.”

Describing as sad and unfortunate the calls by some people for an Interim National Government, Mr Obanikoro said that those calling for it showed that they did not appreciate democracy, hence not qualified to lead such a government.

“It sounds crazy to me,” he added.



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