The Attorney General of Ekiti State, Barrister Owoseni Ajayi, has said that voting for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in next month’s election is a vote for instability and backwardness.
Ajayi said that Nigerians should not be carried away by what he described as Buhari’s latest attempt to act as an agent of change “because the former military ruler is insensitive to Nigeria’s diversity.”He said in a statement obtained by Saturday PUNCH that if Buhari is allowed to rule Nigeria, he would draw the country back to where it was 25 years ago, while describing the former military ruler as a religious fanatic.
He said, “Nigerians should not forget all his past utterances that are inimical to national progress and stability.“His narrow-mindedness will portend doom for Nigeria. He is only hungry for leadership without knowing what it entails.”Ajayi further said that Nigerians should remember what Buhari said during a radio programme with Liberty FM Hausa Service on June 2, 2013.He said, “Buhari asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished unlike the ‘special treatment’ given to the Niger Delta militants by the Federal Government.
“That was not the only time he spoke against measures against the dreaded Islamic sect. Another story was published in the June 3, 2013 edition of The PUNCH, the headline was, ‘Buhari faults crackdown on Boko Haram.’“After the 2011 elections, Buhari was quoted by The PUNCH of May 16, 2012 to have said that, ‘God willing, by 2015, something will happen. They either conduct a free and fair election or they go a very disgraceful way.“If what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging) should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.”
Ajayi also stated instances where Buhari allegedly executed and jailed some Nigerians when he was the military head of state, adding that the former military leader had no regard for human rights.He said, “During the Buhari/Idiagbon regime, Decree Number 2 of 1984 empowered Tunde Idiagbon to arrest and detain anybody indefinitely without trial and without legal reprieve. He promulgated the infamous Decree Number 4 which made even the publication of the truth a punishable offence.“If anyone thinks Buhari has changed, his recent outburst while discussing the $6.8bn fuel subsidy fraud, the N155bn Malabu oil block scam and the N36.8bn police pension scheme gave him away. He said, ‘Just use the documentary evidence and prosecute them and jail them or shoot them.’”
The APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, said there was nothing new in what Ajayi said.He, however, said it was wrong to compare who Buhari was when he was a military ruler to who he is now.“Ultimately, the choice of who to elect rests on Nigerians; let them decide who they want. You cannot compare who Buhari was when he was a military ruler to a civilian who he is today,” he said.