by Anike Jacobs
A former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he sacrificed his presidential ambition for the All Progressives Congress candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari.
The APC chairman, Tinubu stated this while addressing a crowd of APC supporters at the party’s presidential rally in Lagos on Friday.
Here are highlights of his speech:
Sacrifice: “People define patriotism as putting the country first but this is what the ‘Poverty Development Party’ refuses to understand. We chose Buhari not because Bola Tinubu is not interested in the Presidency. I am capable, competent, qualified, younger and richer but there comes a time that people must make sacrifices for their nation.
Age: “I prayed that Nigeria would get better and we would not need a man like him (Buhari). But today, we are in a great crisis; we face a lot of challenges. When South Africa was in a great dilemma and was about to disintegrate, they called Nelson Mandela of 74 years old.
“He used his wisdom to save his country. When the United States was in economic depression, they called 73-year-old Ronald Reagan because he was frugal and incorruptible.
“When America was faced with depression and war, they called a retired General, Dwight Eisenhower, to rescue the country and the country was returned on a path of success.
“When France was faced with war and economic depression, they called a retired General, Charles De Gaul, to rescue the country.
Certificate: “So what do we need now? Buhari. This is the time for us. General Buhari, whether you are qualified or not qualified (SSCE), we are calling you to come and rescue us in Nigeria,” he said.