The war of words between presidential aspirants, namely Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, (rtd), General Ibrahim Babaginda (rtd) and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Malam Nasir El-Rufai continued in throwing barbs at each other.
El-Rufai, yesterday contended that Buhari and Babaginda, former military leaders, had no place as far as the quest for new Nigeria was concerned,adding that General Buhari’s arguement against his being corrupt is not supported by facts but speculation which he said portrayed Buhari as incapable to debate on issues.
“Malam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that he has remained perpetually unelectable because his record as military head of state, and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians have wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known. In 1984, Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to his ADC’s father to enter Nigeria unchecked at a time the country was exchanging old currency for new. Against all canons of legal decency, he used retroactive laws to execute three young men for drug-peddling after they were convicted by a military tribunal and not regular courts of law. Buhari was so high handed that he gave himself and his officials immunity even from truthful reporting.
That obnoxious Decree 4, against which truth was no defence, was used to jail journalists and attempt to cow the media as a whole.”
El-Rufai however believes that it is time for a new generation of leaders with new thinking and wholesome democratic attitude to move our nation forward. The vicious response by the Buhari camp to a simple statement that their almost-70 principal should retire is proof enough that a Buhari, the new Democrat, tolerant of views different from his own, is yet to evolve, the statement conduded.