– General Abdulsalami Abubakar has advised Nigerians to desist from merely criticizing government failures
– The former head of state urged Nigerians to use their voting power to oust bad leaders
– Abubakar also criticised the INEC for registering too many political parties, adding that the move will not help Nigeria’s democracy
A former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has urged Nigerians to stop complaining about the present hardship in the country but instead vote out bad and incompetent leaders during the 2019 forthcoming elections.
Abubakar spoke at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, during the 2018 Distinguished Annual Lecture for Senior Executive Course 40 participants, on Friday, November 23, in Jos, Plateau state, The Punch reports.
We gathered that the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was the special guest of honor at the event.
The former military leader condemned the practice of vote-buying by politicians, insisting that it must be discouraged by all means.
He said: “Every citizen has a duty. You must not sell your vote. You must register to vote.
“Stop criticizing the failures of government, go and vote them out if you think those voted are not doing their job.
“We must all try to work on our nationhood through constitutional and policy framework. It is only in this way that we can ignite responsible leadership for the country.
“It is through this approach that we can truly build national institutions that will enthrone justice and equity.”
Speaking further, Abubakar condemned having too many political parties and described the 91 parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as an “unwholesome development.”
He said the electoral commission was not helping Nigeria’s democracy by registering too many political parties as most of them were still regional in character and lack ideological inclinations.
He also called on the organisation to be transparent in its activities if it wished to engender confidence among Nigerians.
In a related development, the senator representing Kaduna central at the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has also advised Nigerians on the set of politicians to watch out against during the forthcoming general elections in the country.
Sani, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following a seemingly unending feud he had with the Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said Nigerians should avoid those who destroyed the country before as well as those currently destroying it.