The National Vice Chairman (North East) of the All Progressives Congress, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, said Wednesday in Abuja that the party’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) remains the only candidate in the March 28 presidential elections that has the capacity to defeat Boko Haram and restore the battered image of the Nigerian military.
Addressing a press conference in his office in Abuja, Lawal said the military high command should have known that Buhari was the only one with the capacity and inclination to restore the dismally low morale and self-esteem of the present day armed forces.
The APC chieftain also dismissed claims that the Independent National Electoral Commission was bias in the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), with troubled states in the northeast having collected more PVCs than others.
Lawal stressed that people in the northeast region have every reason to vote out the current administration, which he noted has failed to protect them in the last six years.
He said: “If the military high command comprised of patriots and/or men of honor of if they are men that have pride in their profession, they would have realized that the only one of the presidential candidates that has the capacity and inclination to restore the battered pride, and dismally low morale and self-esteem of the present day Nigerian military is Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
“The only one that has the capacity and inclination to defeat Boko Haram in the shortest possible time is GMB. But no, they are none of these. They are more comfortable hiring out their men to work under corrupt civilians, taking orders from them to rig elections.
“They find it easier to deploy armored personnel carriers and battalions of troops to Imo State Government House and the residence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to harass and intimidate them, their wives and children for standing up for democracy.
This is their comfort zone, not on the battle field tackling insurgents. To them, it is easier to intimidate Prof. Attahiru Jega of INEC than Ibrahim Shekau of Boko Haram.
“But all these are futile efforts to delay the doomsday for the corrupt, the clueless, and the religious bigots in this government and their sit-don-look presidential candidate who gets stoned by his own party men at several campaign rallies.
Nigerians are wiser now”.