A former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, Friday, said despite the controversy the school certificate of Muhammadu Buhari has generated, the former soldier is qualified to run for the office of president in next month’s election. Buhari is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters at the APC presidential rally inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, in Lagos, Tinubu said the retired army general was on a rescue mission. He cited examples of retired generals regarded as rescuers at times their countries were distressed.
“We are in a great crisis; we face a lot of challenges. When South Africa was in a great dilemma and was about to disintegrate, they called Nelson Mandela of 74 years old. “He used his wisdom to save his country. When the United States was in economic depression, they called 73-year-old Ronald Reagan because he was frugal and incorruptible.
“When America was faced with depression and war, they called a retired General, Dwight Eisenhower, to rescue the country and the country was returned on a path of success. “When France was faced with war and economic depression, they called a retired General, Charles De Gaul, to rescue the country.
“So what do we need now? Buhari. This is the time for us. General Buhari, whether you are qualified or not qualified, we are calling you to come and rescue us in Nigeria,” Tinubu stated.
The former governor expressed hope that “Nigeria would get better and we would not need a man like him (Buhari).” He also revealed forgoing his presidential aspiration for Buhari’s and Nigeria’s sake.
“People define patriotism as putting the country first but this is what the ‘Poverty Development Party’ refuses to understand. We chose Buhari not because Bola Tinubu is not interested in the Presidency. I am capable, competent, qualified, younger and richer but there comes a time that people must make sacrifices for their nation.”
In his statement, also, incumbent governor Babatunde Fashola slammed the federal government for refusing to assist the state on some of the projects the former embarked upon.
When it came to his turn, Buhari noted that there are three problems ailing the nation.
“We all know what we have gone through in the past 16 years under the PDP. The APC has identified three core problems that must be tackled immediately. First is insecurity, two is the destruction of the economy and three is corruption.
“But whatever we have to do, we will have to secure Nigeria first. What is happening in the North-East where hundreds of people are being killed is unacceptable. We known that the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army are capable of bringing peace and stability into the country but they just need good leadership,” he stated.
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