The director of Strategic Communication of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said that it will be in Nigeria’s best interest if President Muhammadu Buhari is reelected for another term in office. According to him, corrupt and unpatriotic elements would return to loot and destroy the country should President Buhari lose his re-election bid in 2019, Keyamo made this assertion yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State, in a lecture he delivered during the inauguration local government and ward canvassers for the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign organisation in the state. “If Buhari loses in the next election, we will not survive as a nation,” he said, recalling that Buhari’s overthrow as a military leader committed to fighting corruption and indiscipline led to the enthronement of other leaders who led the country astray.
Keyamo likened the opposition to Buhari’s second term by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to what led to Buhari’s removal as military head of state in 1985, lamenting that the development brought Nigeria to its lowest ebb and introduced corruption in the national polity, a malaise, he argued, is still plaguing the nation and which Buhari is fighting assiduously to end. Keyamo predicted that like the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, did in Edo State when as governor he politically ‘retired’ Chief Tony Anenih, he would equally retire the Senate President Bukola Saraki from his vantage position of ‘pocketing the political fortunes of Kwara State’ in 2019. He said: “No man is God; it happened in Edo State and we have a national chairman who has shown that he can deal with tin gods and make them to eat the dust. He did it to Anenih. No man is God. We are crossing the Red Sea and after that they will come after us, but when they do that, they will perish in the Red Sea. That will be in 2019.
“Don’t let them deceive you as they did in 1985. The then Buhari was fighting corruption and corruption fought back and pushed him out. And what happened thereafter? We entered into the worst period of our time as a nation and corruption became entrenched in our national polity. That is why Buhari must win. If he loses in 2019 then we will not survive as a nation.” He also cautioned against misinterpreting the promises made by the APC in 2015, saying there was no time the party promised to give Nigeria ‘paradise’. “What we promised was to establish a system that will create a deliberate effort to challenge the wheelers and dealers of Nigeria,” he said. Keyamo further posited that while former Nigerian presidents “sold out Nigerians because they wanted to be politically correct”, the incumbent has been able to face the challenge squarely. “In the three years of this administration, the president has taken the bullet from the rich to protect the poor,” he said.
Citing the confrontation between the president and the National Assembly as an example, he said that unlike in previous administrations, Buhari had decided to confront the federal lawmakers and in the end those who could not stand the heat had defected. Such boldness, he argued, was justification to support his second term bid. “According to their own minister of finance (referring to Dr Okonjo Iweala who served in the last PDP administration), their government spent N17.6 billion to lobby the National Assembly to pass the budget, but Buhari refused to play that ball; they were looking at him for six months and he was looking at them. When they were tired, they defected. So you have a president who is fighting for you. Why can’t you fight for him? It is reciprocal. We must stand by him. “They were boasting in their time about how many jet owners they had created but we, in this government, are talking about how many poor people we have impacted. Nigeria is now operating the European system of social security, an indication that the government is thinking more of the poor than of the rich.” The spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation also justified the huge debt portfolio of the administration, saying it was needed to reflate the economy since Nigeria did not have a huge foreign reserve to counter the recession she experienced recently. In his remarks, chairman of the caretaker committee of the APC in the state, Bashir Bolarinwa, pleaded with party members to throw their weight behind the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as the new political leader of the party in the state, even as he expressed confidence that the party would win the state in the 2019 elections.
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