General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd)
By Chuks Okocha
The Federal Government Monday replied the former Head of State and the Presidential Candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari, call for a revolution, stating that the alleged revolution comment would consume him first.
The former Head of state was quoted as saying that the PDP and its leadership do not accept social justice. “If there is no social justice, it is a question of time, there would be revolution in one form or the other. After the last general election, we went as far as to the Supreme Court, but after that, see what happened in Kogi, Adamawa and Sokoto states during the bye-elections. We believe that PDP leadership is not prepared for real democracy and social justice. And I hope they will be strong enough to go through the consequences of their injustice.”
Buhari also said the money expected to educate children, build roads, hospitals and provide the required security was being siphoned abroad urging Nigerians to rise against corruption, saying: “By 2015 whoever stole public funds has automatically sentenced himself to death.”
But the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Labaran Maku, who spoke when he and members of the PDP in Nasarawa State visited the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, said it was those who call for revolution that would be first to be consumed in the process.
According to him, “We have heard them talking about revolution, but it will sweep the other side first. CPC isn’t organised anywhere. You can see from Kaduna, to all the other places, CPC isn’t an organised party.”
On the loss of the governorship election by the PDP in the state, the Minister said: “We were robbed in Nasarawa, we won a clear election; none of us here is happy. We won, but lost in the court.
“We won clearly, there is no doubt about it. So, you can see that you cannot have twenty-four members in the House of Assembly and you say we lost the general election.. We should reclaim Nasarawa; it is too close to the Villa to be left to the opposition; we cannot allow that.”
Earlier in his speech, Tukur had urged the party in the state to eschew violence and preach peace as this is the only panacea for development and investment.
According to Tukur, “There is hope for our country; we came with a new zeal, we came with a new determination and commitment to ensure that our party, the greatest party in Africa take the lead. With the kind of support I have seen here today, we can achieve more.
“We have a very clear manifesto for our people in order to assist our people take the advantage of the development fortunes that is in our country today, to make it better,” Tukur told the visiting Nasarawa State PDP delegation.
Also, it described the Buhari’s party, the Congress for Progressive Change as a disorganized party that is not capable of doing any meaning thing, referring to the poor electoral outing of the party in Kaduna state and other states in the last general election.