A lawyer and human rights crusader, Festus Keyamo, said the persistent attack on Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, is because he is better than President Goodluck Jonathan. Keyamo also faulted the anti-corruption credentials of the Jonathan government. He accused Jonathan of pardoning former Bayelsa Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, and appointing an alleged money launderer, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister currently standing criminal trial as director for his campaign’s publicity. Keyamo described President Jonathan as one who lacks “appetite to fight corruption”. For doing such, Keyamo said, “the President will not be allowed to campaign in many parts of the country. The people will rise against him and chase his convoy away”, if it were in “saner societies”.
The lawyer’s blistering remarks on Jonathan was presented in a release he issued on Monday, titled “The Elite Must Not Sit On The Fence”.
He explained that while Buhari does not present the total package Nigerians want at this time”, he is “the clear alternative to this monumental mess” created by Jonathan administration”. To him, the president has “failed the country” and must not be re-elected into office in 2015.
“The Nigerian people have tolerated too much and taken too much battering from the PDP-led Federal Government since 1999. Under the Jonathan Government, the situation in the country has sunk to an all-time low, except for the few benefitting directly from the government”, Keyamo stated.
He also chided the government of being hostile to criticism and “blind to healthy opposition”. “They hurl abuses at anyone who dares to point out these acts of maladministration”, the lawyer said.
That 61 per cent of Nigerians still live below the poverty line does not justify the rating of the country’s economy as the largest in Africa, Keyamo averred. He also scored the government low over its inability to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to a halt, and the rising oil theft being experienced in the country – a development he said is the worst ever in the country’s history.
To him, Buhari is reminiscent of how the masses saw late “M.K.O Abiola (with some of his imperfections)” as a rallying point against military rule. He urged the elite class to speak on the two leading presidential candidates with a view to guiding the people on voting the better between them.