Gumi Sheikh (Dr) Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has declared the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration as a failure.
The Islamic scholar said this in his assessment of Buhari and the
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last two years. He noted
that the general assessment of government’s performance
was below the expectation of Nigerians, and urged Nigerians to reject
both the APC and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) if they really
desire a new lease of life. His words:
“The problem is that no
matter how good you are as a leader, you should have a team. If you put
Maradona in a bad team, no one will pass the ball to him in order to
score a goal. The APC government has failed for lack of a team”.
“Every failure has reasons. When a patient dies in the hospital, there
is usually a post mortem examination to determine the direct cause of
death. We have symptoms but they may not be the cause of death.
“The widespread suffering in the country is a symptom of an underlying
disease afflicting the nation that needs to be tackled. But if the
government has been listening all along, it could have alleviated the
problem or it could have done more than it is doing.
imagine somebody who has nothing. How is he surviving? How is he paying
his children’s school fees? How can he treat his children when they are
sick? How can he feed?
So, when you look at all these indices,
you will know that it is a miracle that we are still existing. “So, if
we want to do a post mortem on this government, you have to look far
beyond the inception of the administration.
Like I said, they
inherited some of the defects and the solution would have been to manage
Nigeria as a critically ill patient”. Gumi, a medical doctor, also
stated that Nigeria is not united.
He said the APC took over a
divided country and that what political scientists needed to do at that
time was to design a template without dividing Nigeria. “Now, there is
too much hostility and bad blood in the country. All I know is that all
Nigerians are one. What we need was someone to correct us”, he said
“This is the time to bring people together, the kind of leader that
Nigeria needs at this critical time is the one that can pacify. Not one
that will show that he is clean and the other person is dirty. No.
He should show that we are all dirty, let us all come and clean
ourselves. “So, the so-called clean party which has the broom, who is it
trying to sweep? It is so antagonistic. It is so provocative that it
has divided the country.
If your house is also dirty, you
cannot clean someone’s house. People thought that change is coming when
it was not possible to effect that change. Gumi fumed that top officials
were getting away with stealing and corruption and cited examples.
“The allegations of corruption are already been made against the
(suspended) Secretary to the Government of the Federation, of a
government that is fighting corruption. And the government cannot do
anything besides suspension.
“The present administration came
to rule Nigeria using the slogan of war against corruption and this is
disrupting the unity of the country. The unity of the country is more
important than the money that people stole; more important than the
current underdevelopment that we are witnessing”
. Asked the
way out of Nigeria’s problems, Sheikh Gumi advised that before 2019,
politics has to change completely and drastically. “No more APC or PDP”,
he declared, adding that “once they continue, Nigeria’s problems will
continue. What I am saying is that they should metamorphose, they should
change. When you see a butterfly, there was a time when it was a larva.
“The parties have to change; PDP has to change, APC has to
change or it will break because it is an alloy which is not well
moulded. We want these parties to change because of the future of our
“The major defect of APC is that it is a party which
was grown by the power of individuals; Buhari in the North and Tinubu in
the South West. And there is danger in this kind of politics. Look at
Mugabe now, he has suppressed and pinned down everybody in Zimbabwe and
he has been winning elections in quote.