Former Head of State and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 general election, General Muhammadu Buhari, today blamed President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as former rulers Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, for killing the nation’s oil industry.
He also heaped blame for the security challenges now besetting the nation on the insincerity of Nigerian leaders.
General Buhari was speaking in Kaduna while playing host to leaders and members of the CPC, led by the House of Representatives member from Funtua/Dandume Federal Constituency of Katsina State, Dr. Mansur Abdulkadir. They were on a courtesy visit to the party leader ahead of the forthcoming local government elections in Katsina, Buhari's home state.
He said that the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida was responsible for the high level of corruption and destruction in the petroleum industry, and added that the corrupt practices in the oil sector during the eras of Babangida, Obasanjo and Jonathan was to enslave the masses. Looking forward, he called on Nigerians to come up with trusted leaders to steer the affairs of the nation if she is to move forward and realize its quest for development.
"The biggest challenge of Nigeria is for adequate security to be in place and ways in which we can protect the riches of this country and provide job opportunities for the youths in the country, so that we can build more industries as it was before,” he said. “Inability of these industries to work has brought mistrust and corruption to Nigeria. Therefore, our leaders have to be sincere and lead with the fear of God and carry all along for Nigeria to be a better place.” He challenged the nation’s leaders to honour promises made to the people, stressing that Nigeria cannot move forward if things that are supposed to be put in place are not.
In that regard, he stressed that the money which was siphoned in the recent pension scam and the petroleum industry scam must be brought back into the government’s coffers for good leadership. He warned that all those that want the masses to vote and be voted for should go to the masses and get their mandate, and that the era of using force or bribing the masses to get political office is gone. "A leader that wants to be a good leader must [look at] the needs of the people, the suffering, and the humiliation, and proffer solution to those problems and together we shall achieve greatness," he said.