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Buhari Has Failed Nigerians, Should Not Seek Re-election – Falae |The Republican News

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National Chairman of Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae

Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDP) Olu Falae has slammed the Buhari administration for failing Nigeria in the areas of security and the economy.

Falae, who bemoaned the continuous and wanton spate of killings around the country, said he had expected President Buhari to critically appraise the current situation in the country and declared he would not seek re-election in 2019.

He noted that, though the President is a good friend of his, he was duty-bound to point out any government that failed to protect the lives of its citizens, and that based on that President Buhari should be voted out of office.

False urged Nigerians to come together and do everything possible to ease out the APC-led government for the President’s sake and that of Nigeria.

The politician made the remarks in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital while fielding questions from newsmen, shortly after he emerged from a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Disclosing that he was in Abeokuta to see Obasanjo about the country’s state of affairs, Falae emphasised that Nigerians must unite in effecting the real change.

“I am here to visit Papa Olusegun Obasanjo, former head of military government and former president of Nigeria and who was my boss when I was the Permanent Secretary at the Presidency. I have to come to see him about the affairs of Nigeria.

“The affairs of Nigeria are greater than the political ambition of anybody. So I am here to exchange views with Baba Obasanjo on the affairs of Nigeria. Once upon a time between 1977 and 1979, I worked with him, he was the military Head of State and I was a permanent secretary working with him.  And we did many things in those days to advance the course of Nigeria and the way things are in Nigeria, I think should come back to see him, to exchange views with him to see whether we can make any contribution towards the elimination of the threat that we are now facing.

“You know and I know that the present government has not done well. The primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives of its citizens. This government is not doing so. People continued to be killed and slaughtered every night.
“Any government that cannot stop that has failed. President Buhari is my friend. Once upon a time, you will recall that I raised his hand at the Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan asking people to vote for him because he said he would restructure Nigeria.
“So it is not a personal matter. The truth of the matter is that he has not done well and I was hoping that he himself will look at the situation as a very honest and right thinking person and do himself and us a favour by saying that in the light of what has happened and giving the state of affairs, he is not going to contest. That’s what I thought he would do but he didn’t do so.
“What I am taking away from here is a confirmation of the fact that most Nigerians are united in wanting a change for the better. In doing whatever is possible to ease out President Buhari for his own sake and for the sake of Nigeria.”

On a possible collaboration between Obasanjo’s CNM and SDP, Falae said: “I am sure that most, if not all, right thinking Nigerians would see the need for all of us to work together to ensure that there is a good, beneficial, peaceful and progressive change in Nigeria.”

“We need a change from massive unemployment which we have now.  A change from continuous harassment from the killing of people by Fulani herdsmen. A change from the fear and threat of Boko Haram. A change from a situation where farmers are afraid to go to their farms.  A change from the riots that are all over the place because of frustration and loss of hope. A change from the present situation of depression and failure and revival of the economy of Nigeria,” he stated.  (The Sun)

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Moshood Abiola’s Death Delayed My Meeting With Abdulsalami- Olu Falae

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Olaleye Aluko, Abuja

An elder statesman and 1999 presidential election candidate, Chief Olu Falae, has said that the death of Chief MKO Abiola stalled a transitional meeting that the then Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, invited him for in Abuja.

Falae, who was reacting to a book, ‘Vindication of a General’, written by former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, said on Monday that there were rumours in the South-West, particularly in his state (Ondo State), that he had been killed alongside Abiola on that ‘terrible day’.

Falae, who contested the 1999 presidential election on the joint platform of the Alliance for Democracy and the All People’s Party, said any right-thinking person would infer that a transitional programme excluding Abiola had been on, even while the widely acclaimed June 12, 1993 presidential election winner was alive.

Falae said, “Yes it is true that I was invited by General Abdulsalami through General Bamaiyi. Bamaiyi actually phoned me. Unfortunately, before I met General Abdulsalami, the news broke that Abiola was dead. It was the day I got to Abuja and before I saw Abdulsalami that the news was out that Abiola had died.

“So, it was a terrible day. Although I did meet General Abdulsalami late in the night on that day, there was no real meeting. We just met and in the light of what had happened, nothing serious took place, because of the bad news that happened in the afternoon.

“Abdulsalami already scheduled the meeting with me before the issue of Abiola’s death came and I had already physically arrived in Abuja. On that evening, I just told him that the transition should be meaningful, free, fair and acceptable to the people of Nigeria. We did not have any discussion in the real sense.”

When asked if he thought the military government started a transition programme excluding Abiola even while the man was alive, Falae said, “That is an inference that any right-thinking person could make from the move. But let me say that Abdulsalami did not ask me to contest.”              (Punchng.com)

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