by Paul Osas
Former military Head of State, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), who was the presidential candidate of APP, ANPP and CPC in 2003, 2007 and 2011 respectively, said during an interview with Liberty Radio, Kaduna, that he wept for Nigeria during the 2011 general elections, considering the country’s ordeal between 1999 till date.
Buhari, who is the leader of the CPC group in the emerging All Progressives Congress (APC), while indicating his interest to run for presidency in 2015, said he will not leave APC if he does not emerge as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2015
On this and other issues he spoke: “With all that I went through, including war and so on, 2011 was the only time I ever broke down publicly and that could come out from the paper I was reading before the 2011 general elections. From January 1966, what has happened to us as a people and as a country, the coups, the counter-coups and the civil war, I was in detention for more than three years. And I went through a paper and I saw the amazing opportunity we have got through petroleum resources from 1999 to the time I shed tears, and compared to the decay in infrastructure and people in the position of authority just doing things, minding their own business.
“There is no ministry, department or parastatal that you will go today where there is no administrative instruction or financial instruction, but if you try to follow the hearing organised by the National Assembly on NEPA, (Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN), petroleum and others, one will certainly shed tears. The whole problem of Nigeria revolves around leadership at the very top. Look at how we derive the power or the morality of how we run this country now from four or five documents now; the 1999 Constitution itself, from which INEC derives its function. And one of the major responsibilities of INEC is to register associations into political parties.
“So, really by law, Nigeria is absolutely matured and prepared. But execution is the beginning of the problem. Go to all departments, parastatals, ministries to the Presidency, it will appear it is put aside at various levels and people are just doing things the way they like. This is the tragedy of Nigeria, that people at the top and at the various levels are just doing what they like, not what the laws provide.”