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Buhari: Why I Won’t Quit Politics

22 Apr 2012

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From Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
National Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), retired Major-General Muhamadu Buhari, Saturday said his decision to remain in active politics was to ensure the return of sanity in governance in the country.

The latest stand of the former Head of State, came just as his party, CPC declared that it had started alliance/merger talks with progressive coalition partners with a view of contesting the 2015 elections under one umbrella. Buhari who spoke to THISDAY through a close aide said he would continue to participate in politics as long as it takes to enthrone the right government in power in Nigeria.

The aide while stating Buhari’s clarification regarding his future role in politics come 2015, quoted the CPC Presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections as saying that his involvement in partisan politics is not just to grab political office.
“I am not in politics only to contest elections but to do all that is necessary to sanitize Nigeria. I hope to remain in politics until that goal is achieved”, he said.

Buhari had while receiving a delegation of Political admirers in Kaduna some days ago, maintained that owing to the leadership deficit and the truncation of the hope of the common man, he would continue to be relevant political activism in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.

This runs contrary to Buhari’s pledge during the electioneering campaigns for the 2011 Presidential elections, that he would not be contesting the nation’s subsequent elections.

However, CPC have said it is actively pursuing a coalition talks with other parties, including the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)and that it has not given up hope that Buhari would emerge as its flag-bearer.
Speaking to THISDAY on telephone yesterday evening, the CPC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin said the party is putting pressure on Buhari to take on the presidential contest once again.

“The party is still desirous of having Buhari as its candidate for the 2015 presidential elections although the issue will have to wait until the outcome of ongoing alliance/merge talks with progessive partners,” he said.

In a separate statement signed by Fashakin, CPC said the party’s pressure on Buhari to run agains was as a result of the lack good leadership in the country.

“The besmirched reputation of an inept, dishonest and egregiously incompetent political leadership the Party’s leadership has brought to bear immense pressure on Buhari to rescind his earlier stance on Nigeria’s tempestuous politics, “ it said.

In the statement, the party said it is in alliance and possible merger talks with other progressive coalition partners in order to give true meaning to democratic governance within the Nigerian polity. Fashakin said it would be rather pre-emptive to speculate at this time what the choice of the party would be since a lot depends on the outcome of the talks with the coalition partners.

“What is unmistakably true is that, as the Almighty God grants the enablement, Buhari shall continue to actively participate in the politics under the Nigerian nation-space, “ he said.

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  • Dear Gen Buhari, do not give up hope, for our sakes please. We need you and Nigeria needs you. May God give you long live and bless you for us all. God be with you and God be with Nigeria.

    From: Alhassan Saidu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Who told Buhari there is no sanity in governance in the country? He wants power by all means like his brother Atiku, forgotten that is only God that gives power, He is talking about revolution because he saw happened in north Africa, that won't be the solution to nigeria problem and you can't even be the solution, just leave nigeria alone God will solve it for us soon.

    From: Joseph enujekor

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • the nationalism of the retired major general is unquestionable. i would vote for the general if he gets there. but as an elder statesman, he should solicite young talents, such talents that we sent to school. such talents if found, i am sure in abundance, should integrate with them to propel his ideas and spirit.

    young budding super talent like governor OBI of anambra state, the superstar governor of lagos - Dr. Fashiola. they are few of them from across the nation. oh, by the way, Buhar is still my idol, i couldn't but tell the world, that general buhari took the bull by horn in the late 70s by going after an illegitimate thief - UMARU DIKO who stole nigeria's $2.8 billion dollars and eloped into britain for solitude and the british gave it to him just for the sake harvesting those money from him. now look what happened, the british took all that money away from and deported him (umaru dokko) penniless back to nigeria. in this scenerio, only the general demonstrated nigerianism, so i still support him.

    it's been over 40 years now since that incidence, and everyone made of God, Allah, Olluwa, or Chineke know that a man's potency is always challenged by time, and in this case here, the supremely talented and intellectual general, has lived through this invisible boundaries of time, hence i do want my general to investigate out an up and coming, budding fire brand like he was and propel his ideas out of. there are few of them. you can find general. God, Allah, Oluwa, or Chineke bless you

    From: daniel - usa

    Posted: 2 years ago

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