- Your views are personal –Keyamo
The Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari’s Campaign Organisation for 2019 presidential election, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), has described comments credited to Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, as nothing more than a personal opinion. Reacting to Gumi’s comment that the best of President Buhari has not been good enough for the country, Keyamo, in a telephone chat with Saturday Telegraph, disclosed that the cleric does not represent the views of the generality of ordinary Nigerians. Keyamo further said it would have been appropriate for Gumi to use available facts about the state of the economy and efforts of Buhari’s administration in tackling insurgency as the yardstick for analysing how the government has performed.
“I don’t think that view as respected as it is, represents the views of the generality of ordinary Nigerians. I would have expected the Sheik to present his views from a detailed analysis of the state of the economy and measures taken by the present administration to curb insurgency. “Nigerians have gone beyond the era of blanket criticism. We have gone beyond that stage.
After a criticism, Nigerians will want to know how best to tackle a situation being criticised better,” the lawyer said. Sheik Gumi, who made the assertion during an interview with Saturday Telegraph, noted that President Buhari administration is doing his best, but the best he can offer is not good enough for the country. “It is like a student I used to have. He studies, do his homework and reads but when the exams come, he fails. The problem is not that he is not trying but that was his capacity.
“The same thing is the problem of the present administration. Truly, they are doing their best, but their best is not good enough. What they need to do is to give chance to someone with the capacity to deliver,” Sheik Gumi had said. On the President Buhari’s assertion that much Nigerian youth are lazy, Keyamo, who agrees to be among the youth in Nigeria, asked: “What is wrong with what Mr President has said?” “Those who are saying they are not lazy are correct, they are not lazy. We are only saying some of them are lazy. Why is it that we try to be overly politically correct in all our statements? Why can’t we tell the truth? Do you want to say you don’t know that there are many youths who want to be earning stipend every month without working? We cannot be running away from the truth because we don’t want to offend anybody”. (New Telegraph)