Barely 24-hours after the announcement of the
ministerial nominees by the Nigerian Senate, a former
minister of education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has
severely censured President Muhammadu Buhari for what
he called apparent romance with politicians who had
contributed in destroying Nigeria for 16 years
The former governor of Kano state in an interview in
Abuja pointed at former president Olusegun Obasanjo as
one of those political bigwigs that destroyed the nation
when the Peoples Democratic Party was in power.
According to Vanguard report, Shekarau wondered why
President Buhari was now having an ardent romance
with Obasanjo whom he said ruled the country for eight
years out of the PDP’s 16 years of administering Nigeria.
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President Buhari had said that he came to right the
wrongs of 16 years of the mess created by the PDP. But
the former governor reacted to that statement describing
all the political parties as necessary evil.
He said: “Buhari has said that he has come to right the
wrongs of 16-year mess by the PDP. So, I said, ‘Mr.
President you are welcome, but reminded that 10 of those
16 years belong to ex-President Obasanjo.
“He had his eight years and by indirect remote control,
two years of late President Umaru Yar’Adua was
Obasanjo’s. And Obasanjo was the one who produced
Yar’Adua and Jonathan. Until three years ago when they
fell out (Obasanjo and Jonathan), Obasanjo was in
“Obasanjo today belongs to those who are chief advisers
to President Muhammadu Buhari. Governor of Kaduna
state, Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai, was one of the major hit
men of Obasanjo, my former governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso,
was one of the boys of Obasanjo as well as former
Governors Bukola Saraki, Goje and all the rest of them.
“They were part of those 16 years which President Buhari
was saying that PDP messed up Nigeria, and today
because they are APC, they are saints. They are now
surrounding the president as his chief advisers. The
Amaechis are all part of the PDP.”
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Shekarau said that the entire election crisis that
President Buhari was accusing the PDP of perpetrating
were a creation of Obasanjo, el-Rufai, Saraki and others
who happen to be the same people around him now. He
stressed that all of them are ex-PDP members.
He queried: “So what sense does it make that I said you
are thief for 16 years, I have come to correct the wrongs
that you did and now I am calling you the chief adviser in
order to right the wrongs that you committed. Does it
make sense? We are waiting to see how they will come
out of this.”
Prior to this, the former minister had in an address in his
home over the weekend re-affirmed his loyalty to the
erstwhile president, Goodluck Jonathan, describing him
as the best material suited to lead the country to its