If you belong to everybody pick PDP/APGA members – Wadada

By Sanni Muhammed August 11, 2015 16:29

If you belong to everybody pick PDP/APGA members – Wadada

Former House of Representatives Member, Wadada Ahmed has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to justify his “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” claim by appointing credible and competent members of parties other than the All Progressives Congress, APC, into his cabinet.

Speaking on the African Independent Television, AIT, programme “the Money Show”, the pioneer Chairman of the House Committee on Capital Markets said the President would only prove he wasn’t engaging in empty talk by considering members of the All progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for ministerial appointments.

Buhari had described himself a “converted democrat” who was ready to eschew every form of nepotism, ethnicity and religious extremism. Against this back drop he made the popular declaration of “belonging to everybody and belonging to nobody.”

During his swearing in ceremony on May 29th told the crowd that he would represent all and sundry to the best of his capacity and promised to keep the oath upon which he was sworn in.

    “Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,” the President declared.

Wadada said the the veracity of this claim would be determined by his actions and inactions.

    “For Buhari to say I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody, we are waiting to see who he would appoint in his cabinet. I expect to see a capable APGA or PDP member in his cabinet, which would practicalize and depict the statement he made earlier.

    “As a PDP member that is saddled with the responsibility of serving in Buhari’s cabinet, that would show that we are responsible and ready for governance.”

A fall out of the phrase “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” sparked criticism from political pundits on the basis of its practicality.

A popular public commentator and social critic, Femi Aribisala criticized the veracity of Buhari’s claim, stating that it was only lip service for the purpose of a popularity.

With Buhari preparing to form his cabinet in September, the challenge ahead would be how inclusive his Government would be with regards to other political party members. This challenge would put to test his claim of belonging to nobody and belonging to everybody.

Wadada said Buhari ought to allow the National Assembly be autonomous, in order to allow the legislators stay committed to their responsibilities, adding that nobody should criticize the legislators for the crisis that held Nigeria’s democracy hostage recently.

He also expressed optimism in Buhari’s ability to defeat the insurgent group Boko haram.

    “The National assembly is supposed to be an autonomous body; nobody should say that the political class has failed.

    “The political class is committed to see that the country develops. We cannot all be good neither can we all be bad. There is no perfect situation everywhere.

    “The lack of ability to distinguish between party politics and governance was the cause of the embarrassment.

    “From what has been put in place and the commitment the military is exhibiting, everybody is compelled to seat up. Security is everybody’s business, we must be together without sentiments.