A former Director of Studies at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos, Professor Bashir Ibrahim and member of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Barrister Solomon Dalong, at the weekend dared those describing former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) as a religious bigot to buttress their allegations with facts.
Professor Ibrahim, who was speaking at the presentation of a paper titled ‘General Buhari Yesterday, Today in the Nigerian Context,’ organized by the General Muhammadu Buhari Concern Supporters Forum in Jos, Pltaeu State capital said “the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who derives pleasure in castigating Buhari purely on this religious bigotry should be asked this question since he was old enough to know what Buhari was when he was Governor of Borno State, as Minister of Petroleum, Head of State and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund”.
The Don blamed Nigeria’s retrogression on the culture of corruption and impunity which he said led to the emergence of insecurity and the evolution of deadly groups such as MASSOB, OPC, MEND and Boko Haram.
“General Buhari is an epitome of discipline, patriotism, integrity and transparency. I am not saying he is the only person that can do the work but I am saying he is the only person that I know can do it”, he added.
In his own remarks, Barrister Solomon Dalong, while presenting a paper on ‘Religion and Politics in Nigerian Political Context’, reminded those calling the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) national leader a religious bigot to fear the judgment day where they will be faced with the herculean task of defending their assumptions.
Dalong argued that religion is currently the only tool that politicians use to win elections and blamed the ugly development on the leaderships of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Yarima, whom he said orchestrated the politics of religion in the country.
Dalong, a former Chairman of Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State, urged General Buhari to be wary of traitors around him who are trying to tarnish his image, adding that “those same people are the ones who trampled upon the chances of CPC in the past”.