By ABDULSALAM MUHAMMAD
KANO — The National leader of Congress for Progressive Change, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Wednesday declared that he was ready to face the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the 2015 general election.
Buhari, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State. The former Head of State told his host that he was in Kano to open his party office in readiness for the battle ahead.
Speaking further on his mission to the state, Buhari said, “I am in Kano to open our party office and put an end to the intra and inter- party squabbles culminating in electoral loss that ended up in the tribunal up to the Supreme Court but I want to tell you we are already settling down to face you guys squarely, your Excellency.”
Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Prince Tony Momoh at African House , Government House Kano. Photo by A S Muhammad, Kano
Buhari criticized the manner at which those in position of authority violated the constitution and electoral laws in Nigeria, noting that “if there is anything that has enjoyed sanctity under PDP-led government from 1999 to date it is the Holy Book”.
The CPC National Leader argued that the constitution had been raped and sidelined in our quest to attain nationhood, stressing that “under normal circumstances we are supposed to work strictly within the provisions of the constitution, but this is Nigeria and nothing is perfect and the only thing they have not tampered with between 1999 to date in Nigeria is the Holy Quran”.
General Buhari also lamented the deteriorating security situation in the country, especially the negative impact it has had on the commerce and other socio-economic activities in the North, saying that a lot of businesses had collapsed as a result of the security challenges.
Security challenges in the North
The veteran presidential candidate appealed to Governor Kwankwaso to review the several security checkpoints within and around the city of Kano, which he said “has slowed down economic activities in the ancient city”. He described the security challenges confronting the northern state as “extremely sad “, adding that “no one has really shown passion on how to handle it until the whole thing snowballed into a big crisis”.
“Kano is a centre of commerce and industries but living on its shadow now. I could recall vividly that when I was a Governor of Bornu in the 70’s no fewer than 200 vehicles depart Kano for Maiduguri on commercial purposes but all that has disappeared and you can imagine those innocent investors that were pushed out of their legitimate businesses”, he lamented.
In his response, Governor Kwankwaso commended the CPC National leader for the visit, saying that “this kind of visit by political leaders would no doubt ginger understanding among party faithful and supporters for desired growth.”
Kwankwaso who described majority of those on the entourage of General Buhari as political soul mates having worked closely together at several political platforms since the 4th Republic to date revealed how he nearly defected from PDP as a result horse-trading and intrigues prior to 2011 election.
Kwankwaso then stressed the need for Nigeria leaders to sit down and proffer common solution to address the security challenges bedeviling the country, assuring General Buhari the readiness of the state Government to review security measures put in place on the advice of the security agents in the wake of the January 20th attack.