2019: Gen Abdulsalami lampoons Nigerian leaders for infighting
A former military Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, has advised people in leadership positions to stop infighting and face the real business of governance.
Abubakar said Nigerian leaders must rise up to the challenges of good governance and make lives better for the people rather than engaging in a fight which had no meaning to the electorate who gave them their mandates.
The former head of state, who made this known on Tuesday after he joined thousands of Muslim faithful to observe prayers at the Minna praying ground to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, maintained that what Nigerians needed from their leaders now was good governance and not infighting.
He said, “The common man has nothing to gain from the current tussle among political leaders in the country. What the people want is good governance and not what is going on now among the politicians. I don’t think it is in the interest of the people. The primary responsibility of the leaders is to find solutions to the problems faced by citizens.”
Abdulsalami, therefore, urged political leaders to come together and think about what was good for the country and the citizens.
“This bickering among the leaders will not do us well. I hope they will get together and understand that there should be give and take,” he explained.
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the former military leader also advised politicians to shun do-or-die politics, adding that they should be more focused on serving the people.
“Politicians should play by the rules of the game. You know it’s not a do or die affair. They are trying to lead the people, whether they are in position or in governance, they are serving the people. So, they should put Nigerians in mind in whatever they do. There shouldn’t be any violence at all.”
He, however, urged Nigerians to get their permanent voter cards and vote for the leaders of their choice, adding that this was the only way the citizens could participate in governance.
“I call on Nigerians who have yet to collect their permanent voter cards to take advantage of the ongoing continuous voters’ registration to do so. Let them vote for the leaders of their choice so that they do not end up biting their fingers in regret after the election. This is the only chance they have to vote for the leader of their choice,” Abdulsalami added.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Ahmed Ketso, also urged the people of the state to use the two weeks extension by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the voters’ registration exercise to go and register and obtain their PVCs.
Ketso said it was only by doing so that the people could participate actively and elect leaders of their choice at all levels.