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“In fairness Buhari was a disappointment” — Buba Galadima



"In fairness Buhari was a disappointment" -- Buba Galadima

Buba Galadima, a prominent chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), has voiced his profound disappointment in former President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership.

Once a staunch supporter of Buhari, Galadima shared his disillusionment during an interview on Arise TV’s Prime Time programme on Tuesday.

Reflecting on his past support for Buhari, Galadima said, “Even those people you can vouch for that are good people and people who could perform end up disappointing, a good example is Buhari. I could have bet my life for Buhari on certain issues but….”

Galadima’s sharp criticism of Buhari is particularly noteworthy given his previous unwavering loyalty. His decision to leave Buhari’s camp for the opposition underscores his disillusionment with the current administration. Galadima first aligned with the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar before joining forces with NNPP’s Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Commenting on Nigeria’s political landscape, Galadima highlighted self-inflicted issues and questioned whether the blame lies more with the leaders or the masses. He lamented that even those who seem trustworthy can become unrecognisable once in power, citing Buhari as a prime example.

In discussing the political dynamics in Kano, the NNPP’s stronghold, Galadima refrained from directly addressing the contentious reinstatement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano by Governor Abba Yusuf. However, he emphasised the deep political entanglements in the region. He warned that the federal government’s alleged involvement in Kano’s politics could have far-reaching consequences, potentially jeopardising President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

The interview also highlighted Galadima’s ongoing support for Kwankwaso, noting that Kwankwaso has not exhibited the disappointing traits seen in other Nigerian politicians.

As Nigeria marks 25 years of unbroken democracy, Galadima expressed cautious optimism but warned against complacency. He stressed the importance of adhering to democratic principles and prioritising national interests over ethnic and religious divisions.

Galadima’s remarks provide a critical perspective on Nigeria’s political climate, urging both leaders and citizens to strive for a more united and democratic nation.