Prince Goodluck Obi is the National Coordinator, Re-elect Buhari Movement (RBM) and the Convener, Centre for Civil Society and Justice (CCSJ). He spoke on why President Muhammadu Buhari should be re-elected this Saturday.
Why is your group championing the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari?
I did not wake up one day to start supporting Buhari. Rather, it is based on conviction. As I speak to you, I am not an APC member and I am not ready to be one. I am a chieftain of the National Conscience Party (NCP) and the National Deputy Chairman of the party for South East. My interest is only in Buhari. After the presidential election, my loyalty goes back to my party. It was through my closeness to my mentor and one of the greatest men I have ever related with, the late Gani Fawehinmi that I got to know Muhammadu Buhari and I found out that he has been a very important personality you can trust and one not easily influenced. The late Gani Fawehinmi, recognised and commended Buhari for being an anti-corruption expert. So, such a person needs the support of Nigerians to do more. Moreover, a lot of people who are in Buhari support groups have taken time to study him and decided to work for his re election, so that he could finish the good work he started in 2015. So, the interest of the Re-elect Buhari Movement (RBM) is in Buhari’s antecedents and activities.
What would you consider the major physical achievements of President Buhari that made you to be supporting his re- election?
President Buhari’s major agenda is based on economy, security and anti-corruption. The Boko Haram came up during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rule. Before he came on board, the Boko Haram had overrun the North East. In Borno for instance, the Boko Haram was in control of most of the Local Government Areas there. But now, through the efforts of his administration, all the Local Government Areas in the North East have been taken over by the Nigerian government, what we now have on Boko Haram are pockets of influence. Those of us that are students of history know that once insurgency infiltrates a country, it does not go easily. But, in Nigeria, it has been reduced to the barest minimum by the Buhari government. In UK a couple of weeks ago, there was an insurgency attack and several people died. In France, such attacks are still going on. In America, people can pick guns and shoot others. But, Buhari has been able to reduce it to the barest minimum. On the area of economy, the 16 years of PDP rule messed up the Nigerian economy to the extent that Nigeria went into economic recession. But, the Buhari government was able to bring Nigeria out of the economic quagmire. When you come to anti-corruption crusade, it is clear that through Buhari’s efforts, a lot of looted money have been recovered. He has been fair to everybody. When his closest friend, Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who has been with him in his ANPP days, was involved in corruption related matters, he was sacked. He believes that what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. That is Buhari for you.
But, people are accusing him of surrounding himself with corrupt people, what is your take on that?
Nigeria is a difficult country to rule. But, that should not make a leader to run away from the task of leadership. The people you are talking about now, to the best of my knowledge, may have one or two records with the EFCC. But, their relationship with Buhari has not stopped their cases with the EFCC. Their cases are still going on. That is Buhari for you.
You are an Igbo chieftain; do you think that Igbo presidency is realisable in 2023 through the APC?
That statement by Fashola was uncalled for and people were not happy over it. I believe that if Buhari is re-elected, the next president will come from South East as he has promised. That is why everyone has to team up to ensure that he gets his second term.