It is not surprising to see the All Progressives Congress (APC) quickly swinging into action denying the incident that occurred where their presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) was stoned at Idumagbo area of Isale-Eko, Lagos by an irate mob while making his way to the APC Presidential rally in Lagos.
Some have described the incident as well deserving, considering the suffering inflicted on the people of Nigeria by General Muhammadu Buhari while he was Head of State, notably in the case of Lagos, the cancellation of the Lagos monorail project initiated by Governor Lateef Jakande. However, I belong to the school of thought that we must not repay evil with evil and as such cannot condone any form of violence or reprisal attacks on the person of General Buhari.
Unlike General Buhari who has a track record of maintaining silence as a tacit approval of violence conducted in his name, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and of course Lagosians do not abide by such principles.
I admire Mr. Lai Mohammed’s devotion to his role as the mouthpiece of a dysfunctional and sinking political party heading towards extinction. His loyalty to his oppressors is touching. That he chose to call into question my second ministerial nomination by overlooking my academic credentials and record of service to Lagos and Nigeria as the most experienced politician produced by Lagos State in contemporary democratic history, simply lends credence to his party’s protracted challenge with academic qualifications from their National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to their presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari whose inability to produce his secondary school certificate has assumed a scandal of global proportion.
Finally, whether the APC chooses to admit the stony welcome Buhari received in Lagos or not, our message and position on peace remains consistent. We must ensure on all sides that as the political campaigns gear up for the final weeks ahead, all electioneering activities are violence free.
Senator Musiliu Obanikoro