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Former first lady Abacha speaks on bringing Buhari to politics, the APC and peace-loving Jonathan

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Former first lady Abacha speaks on bringing Buhari to politics, the APC and peace-loving Jonathan

By Paul Osas

Wife of Late General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s one time head of state, Maryam Abacha has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the centenary award she received on behalf of her late husband.

“President Jonathan is a young man, he is using his time and energy to bring peace and reconciliation. I think it is high time we all come together to lift
the country and stabilise ourselves. I hope it is the beginning of good things to come” she said expressing how the family felt happy about the gesture.

Mrs Abacha, who isn’t renowned for being quiet, has been so for sometime until now when she  granted a rare interview to Abubakar Hashim of The News magazine, were she ceased the opportunity to commend Pres. Jonathan and speak on political issues.

She welcomed the emergence of the APC and apparently stating her role in the formation, she said she brought General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), a founding stalwart of the party into politics.

“I brought General Buhari into politics; It’s not that I want to expose him. We did everything to support and encourage him,” she said.

Speaking further she said, “He (Buhari) called my son Mohammed to join Congress for Progressive Change, CPC. They rejected Mohammed by force during the governorship race. This was the trend, not only in Kano, but also in Katsina, Bauchi and other states. I think it is not healthy for democracy; not just because of Mohammed but for the smooth play of democratic norms and values. Democracy is the choice of the people. But when people put their own personal interest first and they interfere [in the process], then it is no longer democracy. It is unfortunate that elders like them could come belittle themselves in the race”.

Going forward, “for the APC I cannot comment. It is not yet time for me to do so. However, it is good for democracy to have competition and opposition. It enhances democratic values, norms and stabilizes the country’s image, and will eventually uplift our democratic credentials in the international committee of nations” the one time first Lady said.

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