Saturday, March 19, 2011
BABANGIDA ALIYU ASKS BUHARI TO FORGET ABOUT THE PRESIDENCY!
“Nigerians must jettison ethnicity, religious bigotry and other divisive tendencies capable of subverting peaceful co-existence and national unity as the race for the presidency hots up. Obasanjo became head of state in 1976 as a result of the death of Murtala Muhammed. Goodluck Jonathan became the president as a result of the death of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. That was done by God. It wasn’t designed by anybody and if God gives somebody such powers, what we can do is to complement and then wait for the appropriate time. But where some people think it is theirs and they use every opportunity and every sentiment to make it look like it’s their legitimate right, we must fight it. We must resist it so that every child, no matter the circumstances of his birth, can aspire to become the president of Nigeria. Our nation is passing through one of the most challenging phases of our socio-political developments. We must therefore sit up and move away from lip service and loose talk about national unity. We must individually and collectively act in the appropriate direction by promoting activities that will engender mutual respect, trust and understanding for continued peaceful co-existence." - Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State. Icheoku says this doctor spoke well and articulated the thoughts of majority of fair-minded Nigerians. May be he should be the president of Nigeria whenever next, it becomes the north's turn at producing the presidency.