“Nearly ten years of civil rule should not lull us into a false belief that everything is right in our country. To use a popular saying, it is hardly the time to shout Uhuru. Some powerful individuals, the so-called political godfathers and their godsons are feeding fat on our collective misery. We are a democracy with a difference”, said Akinrinade (rtd) at a book launch in Osogbo, Osun State capital yesterday.
Speaking before an audience that included Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and members of his cabinet, attending a book launch to mark the 70th birthday of Lady Evangelist Betty Bakare, Chaiperson Osun State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, the retired General lamented that a few cabal have hijacked Nigeria’s democratic process to their advantage:
“Democracy is supposed to be a government of the people by the people and for the people. But ours is a government of the few for the few. The cynical subversion of the people’s will is comprehensive and common place. Two years after the conduct of the 2007 elections, which, so far, are the most disputed in the history of our country, the courts are still enmeshed in deciding who really won and who really lost “
Calling on the President to reform the electoral system to ensure freer elections, Akirinade said; “Yar adua should instead listen to the yearning of our country its people. His decision to reform the faulty system that brought him to power is historical challenge. If his reforms make our elections free, air and respectful, he would have done his duty to God and his country”
“If President Umaru Yar ‘adua remains committed to his determination to reform our politics in the ways suggested by the Muhammed Uwais commission on political reforms, then there is hope for us. I urge him to have the courage of his conviction and refuse to listen to political godfathers and their godsons”