By; Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna.
As Nigerians complained of hardship in the country, a prominent member of the defunct Northern Element Peoples Union (NEPU) Alhaji Halliru Tela said President Muhammadu Buhari is not responsible for the present hardship because he inherited it from the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government.
According to him, those blaming the President are not being fair to him.
Although, Alhaji Tela urged President Buhari to initiate quick measures in order to cushion the present hardship been experiencing by Nigerians particularly the masses.
The politician disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Kaduna Council at the weekend.
He observed that it is high time for Mr. President to urgently use his good office to take quick measures that will cushion effect of hardship currently been experienced couple with the fuel scarcity that is almost making life difficult for Nigerians.
“We all know that Buhari is not responsible for the present hardship because he inherited it from the immediate past PDP led government and whoever blame Buhari for the present hardship is not been fair to him.
“We know that majority of Nigerian masses voted for Buhari during 2015 general elections because of the expectation they have that he will take them to promise land. I’ m afraid that the love may fade away if Buhari does not initiate quick measures that will cushioned the present economic hardship been experienced by Nigerians especially the masses,” he said.
He further urged Nigerians to be patient with Buhari and to pray for the success of his administration saying that “I believe with time, Nigerians will enjoy the administration.’
Tela who is also a former staunch member of PDP in Katsina state said ” I dumped PDP and crossed over to APC in 2011 because PDP does not carry its members along and don’t also respect their views”
While commenting on the political rivalry between Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Tela attributed it to the foot soldiers of the two politicians who are taking the advantage for their own selfish gains.
“Both Ganduje and Kwankwaso are educated persons and they all labored for the development of APC especially in Kano state. It is better that they sheath their sword for the interest of Kano people in general and the party in particular” Tela advised.
Commenting on the defunct NEPU, Tela who said he is now 80 years old recalled that it was formed in 1950 and he joined it in 1952, adding that “NEPU taught us to be peaceful and also warned us against involvement in political violence.”
He then advocated that 28th March should be officially recognized in honor of the election of an opposition APC that saw to the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari just like in the day of NEPU that recognized 8th August as NEPU national day.
By; Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna.