A former Head of State and All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said on Tuesday that the Peoples Democratic Party had messed up the country.
He identified the inability of managing the nation’s resources as one of the problems affecting Nigeria, adding that he was coming to bring about positive and progressive change.
Buhari spoke in Port Harcourt when he paid a courtesy visit to the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, ahead of his declaration for the presidency in Abuja on Wednesday.
The former head of state explained that he was disturbed by the frosty relationship between Rivers and the centre, even as he hailed the courage of the state governor.
He said, “The PDP has messed itself up, it has messed the country up. Nigerians know we have a good opportunity to change the situation. What happened in Ekiti and Osun is a clear indication. It is either we totally mobilise and get the election results and form the government or we go under for good.
“I have been very close to Rivers State and I have been very disturbed by the relationship between Rivers State and the centre. I admire the courage of the governor here, the way he has taken it and maintained control of the state.
“With the infrastructure I have seen on the ground, Amaechi has carved his name in gold in the history of the state. We have a problem and the problem is fundamental. It is the question of securing and managing the resources of Nigeria.
“I appeal to the states and National Assemblies to stabilise the system so that whoever wins next year’s election will not run the country with impunity. The beauty of democracy is the balance of power,” Buhari said.
Amaechi described Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo as detribalised Nigerians.
Amaechi faulted insinuations in some quarters that Buhari was a religious fundamentalist, maintaining that the former head of state was a true nationalist.