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Reality check from Shekarau

Ibrahim Shekarau, a one-time presidential candidate, who was a minister for education and governor of Kano State, injected a much-needed dose of reality to the fanciful claims of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Shekarau told newsmen in Abuja yesterday: “Buhari has said that he has come to right the wrongs of 16-year mess by the PDP. So, I said, ‘Mr. President you are welcome, but reminded that 10 of those 16 years belong to ex-President Obasanjo.

‘’He had his eight years and by indirect remote control, two years of late President Umaru Yar’Adua was Obasanjo’s. And Obasanjo was the one who produced Yar’Adua and Jonathan. Until three years ago when they fell out (Obasanjo and Jonathan), Obasanjo was in charge.

“Obasanjo today belongs to those who are chief advisers to President Muhammadu Buhari. Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, was one of the major hit men of Obasanjo, my former governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, was one of the boys of Obasanjo as well as former Governors Bukola Saraki, Goje and all the rest of them.

“They were part of those 16 years which President Buhari was saying that PDP messed up Nigeria, and today because they are APC, they are saints. They are now surrounding the President as his chief advisers. The Amaechis are all part of the PDP.

“All the election crisis that President Buhari was accusing PDP of perpetrating were a creation of these people, the same who are with him now.

“So what sense does it make that I said you are thief for 16 years, I have come to correct the wrongs that you did and now I am calling you the chief adviser in order to right the wrongs that you committed.

“Does it make sense? We are waiting to see how they will come out of this.”

Shekarau is talking a lot of sense, very little makes sense with Buhari, and you need to be senseless to believe Buhari is about “change”. Nigerians need to wake up and smell the fura da nono.

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