Friday 15 July 2016

Why Buhari’s government can’t function properly - Sule Lamido

Sule Lamido
Former Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said the reason the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhamadu Buhari is unable to function properly is because the formation of the ruling party was not based on any sound ideology, but out of frustration, bitterness and divisive politics.

The former governor, who made this assertion in Apapa, Lagos, yesterday also did not conceal his desire to contest for the presidency in 2019, when he said he would not say no to such an offer should his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), deem it fit to field him for the nation’s top job.

Insisting that the APC was not designed to function properly, Lamido described the party as an amalgam of strange bedfellows, cautioning that the crisis currently plaguing it could undo the Buhari government soon.

Asked if his current trial would not stand between him and his aspiration, the former Jigawa governor said as long as God wills, no man, no matter how hard he tries, can stop God from doing that which he chooses to do.
“The APC has failed woefully and miserably,” he proclaimed, adding that though the Buhari government was prosecuting those it likes, “in the next three years, those being sheltered, protected and favoured against those who are now being seen as human things instead of human beings – their activities would be looked into by another government”.
He insisted that no government was clean and that after four years in government, the Buhari government might not be found to be too clean if searchlights are beamed on the activities of the government while in power.

He said contrary to the impression being created by the president, corruption was endemic in the country by the military, adding that most of the stupendously rich Nigerians are either retired or serving military officers.

Lamido, who traced the history of corruption in the country to the time of the military interregnum, reiterated that no government in Nigeria was clean, “even this government, after four years and you go through what they did, you will be surprised”.

He said it was the reason most of the mind boggling amounts of money stolen during civilian governments were perpetrated by serving or ex-military men.
“Yet, we the politicians are the ones maligned as corrupt. Corruption is not a civilian culture, it is a culture instituted by the military,” he said.
Lamido insisted that whosoever is found to be corrupt should face the music, but cautioned that not all monies used by government could be accounted for or was corruptly diverted.

Credit: ThisDay

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