Former military Head of State and Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) national leader, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), yesterday opened up on why he shed tears in public during one of his presidential campaign rallies in 2011, saying he wept for Nigeria.
Buhari, who was guest of the week on a Kaduna-based radio station, revealed that when he read an article in one of the newspapers and saw the amazing opportunity Nigeria got through petroleum resources from 1999 to 2011, he shed tears.
“That was the only time I broke down publicly; it was as a result of an article in a paper I read before the 2011 general elections… And I saw the amazing opportunity we got through petroleum resources from 1999 to the time I shed tears, and I saw the state of the country, the decay in infrastructure and that people were just in a position of irresponsibility and they were just doing their own thing minding their own business”, he said.
“Nigeria is absolutely mature but the execution is the beginning of the problem, all the laws have been put in place but it appears like people are just doing their own thing and it is a tragedy in Nigeria. The people at the top, at various levels, are just doing what they like, not what the constitution of the country prescribes”, he noted.
The three-time presidential aspirant blamed the country’s elite for the path democracy is taking; saying the running of the country is the “responsibility of the elite including you, me and those that have had the opportunity to go to school to earn correct entry points into various professions”.