From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos
Alhaji Buba Galadima, has decried the bad governance system in Nigeria, saying that Nigerians are in a ‘one chance bus’.
Galadima made the disclosure while speaking to the media at the launch of two books by the internationally acclaimed constitutional Lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday.
The books were ‘President Buhari’s Distinctive Legacies to Nigeria’, and ‘Further Thoughts on the Nigerian Constitution and Polity’
Galadima who was a special guest of Honour at the event, called on Nigerians of all sheds of opinion to come together to proffer solution so as to get the bus to stop so that Nigerians could disembark.
“Nigerians are in one chance bus, we need opinions on how to stop the bus so that Nigerians can disembark. The Northeast and Northwest have since disembarked. We have to do so because the bus is auto-piloted.”
Speaking further on what he meant by Nigerians have entered one chance bus he said “You don’t know that Nigeria is trouble? You can’t walk on the street without looking at your back, no security, no hunger in your house? Do your children go to school? Do they go to hospital and get drugs? He queried.
He said that the assignment to get Nigeria liberated is not a one man show, “It is for every Nigerian, Nigerians must come together, it is our fight, not one person, it involves you and I.”
On how best to fight the present bad governance in Nigeria, Galadima threw back the question by asking, “How did we fight the previous fights, General Babangida, General Abacha, President Obasanjo and President Jonathan, how did we fight them?
On El Rufai’s comment that power should shift to the south he said that El Rufai has the right under the constitution to make such comment. “We are running a constitutional democracy, supposedly, so every Nigerian is entitled to their opinion, every Nigerian is entitled to the leadership of the country. All we need is a leader with a large heart, foresight, a leader with a vision that can take Nigeria to the Next level, not the APC type.”
Galadima also spoke on the issue of regional security, saying “That is a vote of no confidence on this government, if there is no security challenge, will the southwest dream or think of a security outfit from which they would throw away resources that would have been used for development?”
On the issue with AMCON he said, “That is not an issue, because it is the least I expect would happen to me. I could be killed, I could be incarcerated, so if they didn’t do all these and they just took my property, I am still alive, I can still fight back. How are they sure they can be there forever? How are they sure I will not be somewhere, have they discussed with God?
“So they can go ahead, this is not the first, two months ago, they went and took over my residence in Kano, sacked everybody, remove everything movable from the house, for a debt they said they owe a political party of which I was the secretary, but the respondents in the case were General Muhammadu Buhari, his minister of Justice today, his minister of Humanitarian Services today were all as respondents, but they picked on me, the weakest link,” Galadima stated.
Recalled that the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) recently seized properties belonging to Buba Galadima over N900 million debt.
Buba Galadima is a Nigerian politician who was appointed National Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change party, formed in the run-up to the 2011 national elections as a leading platform for former military ruler and President of Nigeria General Muhammadu Buhari.