By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
President Mohammadu Buhari and the Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential poll, Sule Lamido, have engaged in cross firing of verbal missiles ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser on Media to Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state, Malam Adamu Muhammad Usman, Lamido described as All Progressives Congress (APC) diversionary tactics the attack on his person by President Buhari, who said Lamido was displaying hooliganism.
The ex-Governor of Jigawa state therefore challenged the President to address the issues he raised, including the condition of life in Nigeria, and APC government’s failed promises to Nigerians, rather than attacking his person.
Recall that President Buhari, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, had responded to the interview granted by Lamido to journalists, in which he criticized Buhari’s government.
In a statement issued by the Media Aide to Lamido, he said “This diversionary tactic which is characteristic of APC will not succeed this time because Alhaji Sule Lamido will never refrain from exercising his constitutional right to freedom of expression and thought.
“The summary of what Governor Lamido said in his interviews is that majority of Nigerians are angry and hungry. A common man cannot afford three square meals a day, living standards are very low, businesses are no more flourishing, majority of Nigerians can no longer afford to pay rent, medical bills and school fees as a result of the ineptitude and cluelessness of the APC administration. Rather than address these pertinent issues, Garba Shehu said Lamido diverted money to his children and should therefore not talk or offer himself for any election”, he said.
He said also that Sule Lamido is not afraid of any witch-hunt and intimidation because he has been serially subjected to them throughout his long political life.
“He has been witch hunted by civilian rulers as well as by the Abacha military junta, yet he did not abandon his consistent crusade to emancipate the people. It is inconceivable that any administration that is a later-day convert to civilian democracy can intimidate him”, he said.