by Lekan Olanrewaju
The last time former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari shared his thoughts on Nigeria it involved something of a prophecy of doom that led to a back and forth about his true feelings about the country with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) slamming him as “bloodthirsty“, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) coming to his defence and the man himself later saying he was misinterpreted. Well the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) clearly is not about to censor himself for anyone, as he has labelled the current democracy in the country as “nonsense”, and, you guessed it, thrown a couple of barbs in the direction of the PDP.
Speaking on Saturday in Abuja at the first CPC Renewal Committee Stakeholders forum, he stressed the need to fight rigging in the next elections as well as his own personal belief in the democratic system of government.
“Our duty now is to mobilise our people to make it very unattractive for INEC officials or other law enforcement agencies to cooperate with whoever wants to rig election.” he said.
“I urge you to be steadfast, otherwise which place do we have for our children? I made this statement 25 years ago when I didn’t know I would be a politician. We may as well make sure we stabilise this system which we believe in so that our country can be viable.”
“I said I believe in this system.” he said. “In 1991 nobody lectured me to become a democrat but when the Soviet Union collapsed then I came to the conclusion that democratic system is the best.”
“Elections must be free and fair otherwise it is nonsense. So we are doing nonsense in Nigeria. Nigeria is practising nonsense democracy. I do not know when it will stop. If CPC is the only threat to PDP, of course, PDP will do anything to destroy CPC. So it is up to CPC to maintain political integrity.”
“Votes are stolen, people are beaten up and houses burnt and some of them killed.” he continued. “Where ever you go one day you will come back home which is Nigeria. So we must join hands to stabilize the country for sustainable development.”
“Movement in Nigeria now is so dangerous. In fact, I wonder if the insurance companies are still agreeing to insure lives, because if the Federal Government cannot pay some departments and so on and if the pension funds are not available, I think people should be very careful.”