Shehu Sani: Obidients more peaceful than Buhari’s 2011 supporters

Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker representing Kaduna Senatorial district at the 8th Senate, says the supporters of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) are more peaceful in their conduct than what was obtainable in the past.

Mr Sani stated this on Thursday in reaction to remarks by critics that the supporters of the former Anambra governor dubbed ‘ObIdients’ are intolerant.

On social media, Obidients, made up of most young Nigerians, verbally attack critics with dissenting voices. The latest victim of their attack is Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate, who recently lampooned the Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition party, Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Mr Baba-Ahmed came under attack after declaring that the country has no President-Elect and that Bola Tinubu who was declared winner of this year’s presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not be sworn into office next month otherwise the current democracy will come to an end.

Like Obidients, Like Buhari

In his reaction posted on Twitter, the former Senator said the conducts of the Obidients have largely been peaceful, judging by the conduct of President Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters in 2011.

“NO patriot should trigger or encourage anarchy;but we shouldn’t also ‘shorten our memories’;what Peter’s supporters are doing in 2023 is more peaceful than what Buhari’s supporters did in 2011,” Mr Sani stressed. “You only need to recall the past in order appreciate the present.”

After he lost his presidential election to the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), supporters of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) violently protested, maiming and killing their fellow countrymen, notably serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).