Gen. Muhammadu Buhari And His Top Political Quotes
GENERAL Muhammadu Buhari was born on December 17, 1942. He is from Daura in Katsina State. He ruled Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985, after taking power in a coup. In December 1989, Buhari got married to his second and current wife Aisha (née Halilu), after divocing his first wife, the late Safinatu (née Yusuf).
Buhari joined the Nigerian Army in 1961 and attended the Nigerian Military Training College (renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA in February 1964) in Kaduna. From 1962-1963, he underwent Officer Cadets training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England. In January 1963, he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta. In August 1975, he was appointed Governor of the Northeastern State.
In March 1976, then Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed him as the Federal Commissioner Petroleum and Natural Resources and was chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) when it was created in 1976.
During his tenure as commissioner, $2,8 billion allegedly went missing from the accounts of the NNPC in Midlands Bank in the US. He was accused of being responsible for this, but in 1983, the Alhaji Shehu Shagari administration inaugurated the Crude Oil Sales Tribunal of Inquiry, headed by Justice Ayo Irikefe, to investigate allegations of N2.8 billion misappropriation from the NNPC account. The tribunal, however, found no truth in the allegations, even though it noticed some lapses in the NNPC accounts. With the ouster of Shagari, he became Head of State, with Gen. Tunde Idiagbon as Chief of General Staff, thereby truncating Nigeria’s fledging Second Republic.
His administration was embroiled in a scandal concerning the fate of 53 suitcases, allegedly containing $700 million owned by then Emir of Gwandu that were cleared through Customs without inspection on his return flight from Saudi Arabia. His administrations Decree Number 2 of 1984 empowered the state security and the chief of staff were given the power to detain, without charges, individuals deemed to be a security risk to the state for up to three months.
Buhari served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) created by the Gen. Sani Abacha regime and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products to pursue developmental projects around the country. In 2003, Buhari contested the presidential election as the candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), but he was defeated by PDP’s Chief Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ. On December 18, 2006, Buhari was nominated as ANPP’s consensus candidate, but was also defeated by PDP’s Umaru Yar’Adua, also from Katsina like him, in the April 2007 election.
In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and was its presidential candidate in the April 16, 2011 general election against President Goodluck Jonathan of PDP, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau of ANPP. Again, he lost. In 2012, Buhari’s name was included on a list of individuals published by Boko Haram that it would trust to mediate between it and the Federal Government.
But Buhari strongly objected and declined. In December last year, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Here are some of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s memorable political quotes. “This generation of Nigerians and indeed the future generation have no country other than Nigeria, we shall stay and salvage it together!” In 2011, he promised that that year’s presidential election would be his last.
“This campaign is the third and last one for me. I will not offer myself again for election into the office of president.” “Godless people, marauding murderers in communities and kidnappers,” he said of Boko Haram. He said in a speech he delivered at a seminar organised by the Supreme Council of Sharia in Nigeria in August 2001: “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria… God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.”
“Because they can’t attack our record, they accuse me falsely of ethnic jingoism; they accuse me falsely of religious fundamentalism. Because they cannot attack our record, they accuse us falsely of calling for election violence – when we have only insisted on peace. Even as Head of State, we never imposed Sharia.” “I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future.” “I am a former military ruler and a converted democrat.”
“I have heard and read references to me as a ‘former dictator’…I take responsibility for anything that happened under my watch. “Two things have bloomed in the present administration: waste and corruption.” “Because of the greed, profligacy and corruption, Nigeria’s ‘wealth’ has not translated to human development.”
“I assure you, if I become president, the world will not have to worry about Nigeria as it is now.” “To vote for the continuity of failure or to elect progressive change. I believe the people will choose wisely.” “Any war waged on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or a witch-hunt.
I’m running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity.” “As you all know, I had been a military head of state in … But the global triumph of democracy has shown that another and a preferable path to change is possible. “On corruption, there will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration.” “Abacha is not corrupt.”
“We shall send corrupt politicians to Kirikiri.” “Stop killing our people (Boko Haram members).” “I urge Nigerians to put aside religion, politics and all other divisions to crush the insurgency.” “Religion must never be used as an excuse to divide us, oppress others or gain unfair advantage.
All my life, I have expressed the belief that all Nigerians must worship God according to their wish.” “I will stabilise global oil price.” “What is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants […] The Niger Delta militants started it all.” “It is up to the people. If you choose correct leadership, there won’t be any need for the military regime. The opposition has united this time to back one candidate to challenge the PDP in the presidential poll. The military came in when it was absolutely necessary and the elected people had failed the country.”