The Yoruba Council of Elders has described as “height of sycophancy” the distribution of President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 re-election campaign materials by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu.
Recall that THEWHISTLER reported just before the commencement of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting, Mr Shittu was seen distributing caps with the inscription “Continuity ’19: Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo”.
The minister, who wore one of the caps himself at the Council Chambers handed over the bag to the council’s secretariat staff members for distribution.
Speaking to newsmen after the council meeting, the minister, who is vying to be the next governor of Oyo state, said the caps were distributed as samples for other council members who would be interested in supporting President Buhari in 2019.
He said, “I know that everybody will be involved, everybody will be guided and people will take decisions largely to support the President in the 2019 elections.”
But reacting on Thursday, Dr. Kunle Olajide, secretary general to the Yoruba Council of Elders, said Shittu’s action was mis-timed at a time the nation was facing rampaging attacks by suspected Fulani Herdsmen.
Olajide said, “I am surprised that some of our political leaders are engaged in criminal height of sycophancy completely oblivious of the mood of the people they claim to represent. People are talking about 2019 elections and 2023 presidential elections as if it is somebody’s birthright.
“People should stop taking Nigerians for granted for God’s sake. We are in the 21st century and not the 20th century. The insult is too much.
“It is unfortunate and I am sad that someone could be pre-occupied with such thought and action. When you are talking about timeliness and consideration of the plight of other persons, Yoruba stands out because we are our brother’s keeper. We are liberal and that is why we are always ready to accommodate others and sympathise with their plight.
“It is sad that a Yoruba man should be doing this. Moreover, it violates the regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission on elections. I want to consider it a rumour until the minister refutes it.”