Former President Olusegun Obasanjo‘s advise to President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard any intention of contesting for a second term in office has been described as rather unfortunate by a member of the House of Representatives.
Alhassan Ado Doguwa (APC, Kano), in a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja said former President Obasanjo lacks moral and political credibility to offer such advise considering his own attempt at returning to the Presidency contrary to the provision of the nation’s constitution.
He said the former President’s comments amounts to fighting back because he is corrupt.
Ado-Doguwa, who represents Tudun Wada/Doguwa Federal constutuency spoke in his private capacity as a representative of his constutuency in the House and not as the leader of Kano State caucus in the House or as the Chief Whip of the House.
Saying that he was entitled to his opinion on the subject, the lawmaker said, “The former President, who was used to engaging in very unreasonable political comments should know that he can not in any way be a stumbling block against the popular desire of Nigerian to give President Buhari a second term to rule this great nation, which unfortunately was put to a state of economic and political quagmire by the likes of Obasanjo and his cohorts.
“It is also pertinent to note that the former President lacks moral and political credibility to even speak in the way he is doing on political affairs of our country.
“After all a man who is involved in all sorts of corruption issues in his administration and indeed his unpopular bid to violate out respected constitution by wanting to take a third term is not any way a credible democratic voice to count on.
“It is against this background that I want at this point of our democratic journey to nationhood wish to urge my good country men and women to disregard the destructive comments made by the former President as baseless.
“Nigerian should consider him as mere confusionist, mischievous and an enemy of true democracy in Nigeria as he has always been”.
While urging Buhari not to relent on his fight against corruption, as well as his effforts on security and economic reconstruction, Doguwa implored him not to be distracted by the likes of Obasanjo, “Who have failed this country and disappointed our people when they had public trust in their hands”
He said all Nigerians are impressed with the work Buhari is doing and should answer the clarion call to accept to run for the second term by 2019.
“While of course we must appreciate and acknowledge the health challenge of Mr President which is naturally human, it is my sincere belief that Mr President’s health has significantly improved and therefore has the physical and mental capacity to continue to rule this country to the best of his abilities,” he added.