Faruk, Ge­orge: Stop blam­ing the mil­i­tary

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

For­mer Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) deputy na­tional chair­man Chief Bode Ge­orge has said mil­i­tary coups are not re­spon­si­ble for Nigeria’s prob­lems.

Ge­orge spoke yes­ter­day at the ple­nary of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence while com­ment­ing on Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s in­au­gu­ral speech.

The politi­cian, who is one of the two PDP del­e­gates at the con­fer­ence, said “mil­i­tary in­cur­sions are not the prob­lem of Nigeria. Mil­i­tary were al­ways in­vited; they didn’t just leave their bar­racks to come and take over power.”

He said del­e­gates are ob­sessed with tak­ing all blames to the door steps of the mil­i­tary. “I lis­tened to the half-truths, the lies said here. Let us tell our­selves the truth. It is time to stop all these lies,” he said.

Speak­ing in the same vein, for­mer Mil­i­tary Gover­nor of the de­funct North-West, Al­haji Umar Faruk said the mil­i­tary has since be­come the politi­cians’ punch­ing bag.

Faruk, who is a del­e­gate from Gombe, said the mil­i­tary has been blamed for any­thing neg­a­tive hap­pen­ing in this coun­try. “In the last 40 years, the mil­i­tary has been blamed for any sin­gle prob­lem fac­ing the coun­try,” he said.

He said the blame continues even af­ter civil­ians took over power, say­ing “If the politi­cians can’t do it, then they should hand over to the mil­i­tary.”

Faruk said even though the civil­ians are more ed­u­cated, the sit­u­a­tion has not im­proved. “There are more pro­fes­sors in the govern­ment now, but noth­ing has changed,” he said.

Re­act­ing to del­e­gates who said the mil­i­tary should apol­o­gise to the coun­try, the for­mer gover­nor said “those who ex­e­cuted the first coup in the first place should be the people to apol­o­gise.”

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