Buhari’s claims to recognise democracy are too late – Fani-Kayode

By Post Nigeria March 2, 2015 14:15

Buhari’s claims to recognise democracy are too late – Fani-Kayode

The spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, said the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari who truncated democracy 31 years ago, took Nigerians through the darkest period of the most primitive and barbaric form of military rule, has finally admitted that “democracy is a journey” a bit too late.

According to him, if Buhari had admitted this fact 31 years ago, he would not have betrayed his own Commander-in-Chief, President Shehu Shagari, supplanting him in a coup d’état.

Fani-Kayode quoted the former Dictator’s speech at Chatham House, where he said, “It is globally agreed that democracy is not an event, but a journey. And that the destination of that journey is democratic consolidation – that state where democracy has become so rooted and so routine and widely accepted by all actors.”

“We are glad that Buhari is now saying the right things but sadly it is too little and too late.

“The fact of the matter is that he went ahead to truncate that democratic journey and took Nigerians through the darkest period of the most primitive and barbaric form of military rule.

“If he were in South America or Pakistan he would have been either jailed or hung for what he did to the Nigerian people 31 years ago.” Fani-Kayode added.

He said Buhari should have taken the advantage of his Chatham House address to apologise for truncating democracy in Nigeria despite doing nothing in 31 years to help consolidate Nigeria’s democracy.

“We challenge him to tell Nigerians and the international community anything tangible that he has done in the last 31 years to consolidate democracy in Nigeria.

“Can General Buhari give what he does not have? Can he come to power through the ballot box after taking it through the barrel of a gun?”