Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has faulted the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) presidential candidate in the last general election, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on the latter’s recent statement that there would be bloodbath if elections were rigged in 2015.
Also, Anglican Archbishop of the Province of the Niger, Most Rev. Christian Ogochukwu Efobi, has expressed dismay over Buhari’s comment on the 2015 polls, stressing that it was “unbecoming of a former Head of State.”
Meanwhile, the Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Emmanuel Chukwuma, has tasked politicians on investing their money in viable economic ventures to create employment for the teeming unemployed people in the country, pointing that such investments were more socially profitable than buying expensive luxurious personal estates overseas.
Lamido, who spoke at Emir of Dutse Palace when his counterpart from Katsina paid a courtesy call on the emir at the weekend, alleged that Buhari watered the ground for election rigging when he seized power through a coup in 1983.
The governor said when Buhari took over power forcefully from President Shehu Shagari in 1983, he told the world that the coup was carried out because all the political parties engaged in rigging and other forms of election malpractices .
Lamido stated that Buhari also argued in his maiden broadcast that it was not only the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) that rigged but all the parties rigged election according to their strength at the constituencies .
According to the governor, “Buhari has no moral right to accuse anybody of rigging because his party (CPC) also rigged election in the last general polls in the areas it had advantage. ”
He maintained that no matter the level of rigging, elected political leaders have the people’s mandate and since 1999, they have been doing their best to meet the people’s yearnings and aspirations.
Lamido added: “In respect of our political differences as leaders, our main focus is to correct the damage done to the institutions by the military regimes.”
Speaking after a civic reception organised in his honour by the Oyi Archdeaconry in St. Marks Anglican Church, Ogbunike, Oyi Local Council of Anambra State at the weekend, Archbishop Efobi said politicians should learn to respect constituted authorities and not inflame passions through “divisive utterances.”
Bishop Chukwuma, while hinting on the imperative of an Igbo summit, challenged “our politicians to use the money they make to establish factories to provide employment for our youths rather than buying expensive mansions abroad.”