National leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, have urged former Nigerian leaders, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida to keep off politics and instead enrol in the retirees club.
In a reaction to the open commentaries on President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership, Tinubu advised the former presidents to enjoy their pensions by joining the retirees’ club.
“I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested.’
“It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la-carte but they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.’’
“I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner and we will win.’’
“Well, l feel greatly honoured with the mutual confidence that the president has reposed in me which is a very strong political challenge.’’
“We have started in earnest. He has given me free hand to put cohesion, confidence and trust in the party.’’
“Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from.’’
“But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s telling the country,’’.
Chief Bisi Akande,on his part said
“President Buhari is doing everything possible to redeem the situation of the country.
“No one said it is going to be easy, given the scale of destruction of the recent past, but with steadfastness and patriotism, a lot is being achieved,”
On Tinubu’s recent assignment to reconcile members of APC, the former chairman of the party said the former Lagos governor was the best man for the job.
“If you will recall, Asiwaju was the deciding factor that brought together the alliance that birthed the APC. He has the energy, the doggedness and the discipline to replicate this in bringing together all feuding sides.
“It is all about the nation. In the APC, we put the country first, and once we are convinced that what we are doing is in the interest of the country, every other thing is secondary.”
“The problem is with those who brought this nation to its knees. These people cannot be redeemed. They are the ones making all hues and cries, because free money they were used to have ceased,”
“No one said it is going to be easy, given the scale of destruction of the recent past, but with steadfastness and patriotism, a lot is being achieved,” he added.