Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop taking pictures with “valueless politicians” switching political parties.
The comment comes days after President Muhammadu Buhari received former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari had also in the past, received other defectors from the PDP to APC at Aso Rock.
Obi, in a chat with Arise Television on Monday, condemned the trend, saying the act “is sending the wrong signal that you can be anything and be elevated into something”.
He said the President should instead take pictures “at the funeral of our falling soldiers, police, or their family” or with “young people who are doing innovative things in the tech industry”.
“Let me tell you what I found worrisome about the defection of today. What I found worrisome is people, weekly and daily, being led to go and take photoshoots with the president, I’m worried about it. I want to see the president taking pictures at the funeral of our falling soldiers, police, or their family,” he said.
“I want to see him taking pictures with young people who are doing innovative things in the tech industry. I want to see him taking pictures with people who are making a lot of impact; not pictures with those of us — I’m generalising politicians — who are heartless, valueless. It is very worrisome. Those pictures are not helping our country. The perception is sending the wrong signal that you can be anything and be elevated into something. That’s why the country is collapsing.”