A former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has asked the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to accept the blame for plunging Nigeria into the abyss of underdevelopment in the past 15 years.
Speaking at the “Salvation Rally” organised by the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Wednesday, the ex-military ruler said the APC was worried about the lack of performance of the PDP-led Federal Government and challenged those who had the capacity to reflect on the performance of the ruling party from 1999 till date.
He said, “Our concern is the lack of performance of the Federal Government. I will like those of you who have the time and the capacity to reflect on what the PDP has done to this country since 1999 to date. Try and find what was the state of our infrastructure since 1999 and what it is now and we have earned between 1999 and now. It then it will dawn on you how corrupt, inefficient and indiscipline the PDP is and its operators.
“The PDP cannot shoulder responsibility. They consistently found themselves in the centre and in most of the states. They must therefore accept the blame for the position they put Nigeria”.
Buhari, who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of APC, said the country has become insecure and bankrupt mainly because of the corruption in the system and the inefficiency of the present crop of leaders.
“The country is insecure; this country is getting bankrupt; and it is mainly because of corruption and incompetence,” he said. “Vote out the PDP next year if you want a secured Nigeria, you just have to do that. No alternative. Make sure you get your PVC. Makes sure you vote for those who you want to represent you. Make sure your vote count”.
According to Buhari, Wednesday’s rally was part of the series of activities lined up by the APC from now until the general election in 2015.
He explained that the series of rallies “began in Abuja because this is the federal capital. It belongs to all Nigerians. This is the centre of the country. This activity will be conducted as I said partly here, then, in the states, then it will continue until the general elections”.
What did he do as head of state from 1984- 1985? He threw every one in jail and slept while his boys were looting the treasury and eventually toppled him. He has nothing to offer us again.