June 12, 2009

Yar’Adua can’t solve Nigeria’s problems —Balarabe Musa

By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna — A former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has said President Umaru Yar’Adua is not capable of addressing the socio-economic problems plaguing the nation.

Musa who is also a factional chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) equally contended that the National Assembly should discard the Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais report on electoral reforms.

The former governor spoke yesterday at a photo exhibition organised by Civil Rights Congress to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
According to him, the proposed electoral reform was a ruse to introduce a one-party state in the country.

According to Musa, “let us narrow it down to persons. Obasanjo as president of Nigeria was definitely capable. He had the experience, the capability but he betrayed the nation.

“What we have now is a person who is not capable at all. He (Yar’Adua) was just put there. He is not capable because his experience is completely irrelevant.

“He has never held real public office for more than two years. Of course, he was governor of Katsina State but being a governor does not automatically qualify you or make you the President of Nigeria.

“He became a governor simply because of his brother. Now, the same person is not even healthy enough. This is a fact and everyday you find one thing or another that you can take him on; everyday, on a daily basis.

“When people call him Mr. Go-slow or something, they are just being charitable. His situation is even worse than that. But he was put there by Obasanjo specifically to serve a purpose.

“Obasanjo knew what would happen. Obasanjo went shopping for people like that so that Obasanjo would always be needed and his secrets will always be covered.

“It is pointless telling Yar’Adua to resign. He has just appointed a governor of the Central Bank who has told him the truth; that he should reduce his seven-point agenda to two because that is what his regime is capable of handling.

“But he said no, that the seven-point agenda is inter-related. We know but what is the point in taking all the seven of them and then collapsing without achieving anything. He has 20 per cent chances of achieving something if he concentrates on those two items.

“The June 12 election we know was won by Chief MKO Abiola even though in spite of the rigging, Chief Abiola won the election and this was confirmed by the electoral body itself.

“Now, since June 12, 1993 election, things have gone worse in terms of rigging and even the negative state of the nation.

“We are seeing no improvement. We have been promised electoral reforms leading to a credible electoral process. But from all indications, we are being set up because that is what the Uwais report amounts to. We actually have been cleverly set up to accept something that is not what we want,” he said.