Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, on Saturday, congratulated President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on his victory in the just concluded presidential election.
Fasoranti advised Tinubu to avoid committing the same errors made by his predecessors by bringing together all ethnic groups under his administration.
The nonagenarian told the President-elect to also prove him right, urging aggrieved parties to seek redress in court and allow Tinubu to settle down to governance.
The Afenifere leader stated this in a congratulatory letter addressed to Tinubu and made available to newsmen on Saturday.
Fasoranti commended Tinubu for his doggedness and determination to achieve victory at the poll.
The Afenifere leader’s letter read, “I did marvel at your doggedness, self-determination, self-assuredness, strong belief in self, ability to overcome daunting and ever surging challenges.
“I was also amazed at God’s grace on you that gave you the strength of character and such abundance of energy, that enabled you to navigate through all the ever emerging intricate problems, and made it possible for you to, against the wishes of some people, traverse successfully all the states of the federation, during the energy sapping marathon presidential campaigns. I am, indeed, glad to know that your hard earned victory had a very good national spread.”
He further appealed to all concerned Nigerians and the international community, who might be aggrieved in any way, not to take any action that would set Nigeria on fire but choose the legal option to seek redress.
He added, “We should all go peaceful, take lawful means, and thread legitimate and legal paths to rectify anything that might have, from their own point of view, gone wrong, and let Tinubu and all concerned settle down immediately to tackle the enormous Nigerian project of tackling insecurity, solving our economic downturn, restructuring the country, and rebuilding a nation never so badly divided on ethnic, religious and corrupt lines.
“You now have the opportunity. Now is the time for you to prove me right. I pray to God to be with you.
“In going about this, avoid the mistakes of some of your forebears. Be fair to all concerned. Go ahead to unite the country, see and treat the country as one. Be a federalist. Allow the big ethnic groups to exist and respect one another, but also allow the small ones to feel proud and wanted in the spirit of federalism as practised in the United States.”
Pa Fasoranti assured that the elders would always be available for “consultations and any other assistance when the need arises.”