President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he was not power drunk and had no intention to continue to cling onto power against the wish of Nigerians.
He has also vowed not to change his uncompromising disposition towards corruption, saying he is more concerned about serving the people than seeking personal gains. These remarks came on the heels of comments credited to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, wherein he accused President Buhari of being an uncompromising and power drunk leader who will not be ready to leave -power without a fight.
The Presidency, in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the former Vice President needed to know that Buhari, though a retired military general, had demonstrated in many ways that he is also a committed democrat. According to him, the President was truly uncompromising, particularly when it comes to prosecuting those looting the common patrimony of Nigeria.
“President Buhari is uncompromising in the quest to restore probity and accountability to public office. He is uncompromising in cleaning the rot that Nigeria was consigned into pre-2015, thus the war against corruption is being fought without fear or favour. “President Buhari is single-minded in effecting change in every area of Nigerian life. So, Alhaji Abubakar is right, if that was what he meant by the President being “uncompromising.” “But power drunk? No! And being a man who will not be ready to leave power without a fight? Never!
Not President Buhari, who has demonstrated in many ways that he, is a committed democrat, though also a retired military general. He has no apologies about that. Through a sterling military career, he served Nigeria with his heart and might, before venturing into partisan politics.
“In many ways, President Buhari has wielded power with decency, and as a means of serving the people, rather than for personal ends. If there’s one person not intoxicated by power, it is President Buhari,” he said. Adesina accused Atiku of stirring up controversies around the name of President Buhari in a bid to boost his chances of getting the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in the country.
“Rather than use the name of President Buhari to buoy his bid to get the presidential ticket of a party, whose flag has been flying at half-mast since it got roundly trounced at the polls in 2015, the former Vice President needs be told that the President is truly uncompromising, but only when it comes to looting the common patrimony of Nigerians, and squandering their riches.”
Buhari, Adesina said, would remain resolute in his determination to ensure that Nigeria was no longer a mono-economy, depending only on oil, adding that Nigerians will invest him with power again next year.
“Former VP Abubakar may want to borrow a leaf from the decorous language employed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in answering his recent press statement on the restructuring debate. That is the hallmark of statesmen, and not crying wolf where none exists, which is what the alleg-ation of being uncompromising and power drunk truly is. “President Buhari is actuated by service to country, and nothing else.
So, there couldn’t be anything like “not ready to leave power without a fight. Indeed, the insinuation of a fight is the mindset of a man who is either undemocratic, or has seen defeat staring him, and his party, in the face. “Let the former Vice President rest assured that there will be no ‘fight’ over power in Nigeria. Not under President Buhari’s watch. The people don’t want a fight. It is some political leaders we must beseech to eschew pugnacity, and mind their language,” Adesina said.