BOOM! Why I’m No Longer Interested In Becoming President Of Nigeria – Ex-Sokoto Governor, Bafarawa


A former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, has said that he is no longer interested in becoming the President of Nigeria.

Bafarawa, who aspired for the presidential ticket at least three times after leaving office as Sokoto State Governor in 2007, stated during an interview with Punch that he would never run for any political office again.

Fielding a question on how he would handle the security situation of the country if he were to be President, Bafarawa said, “Unfortunately, I am not going to be the President and I don’t want to be the President.”

Asked why he dropped his presidential ambition, Bafarawa answered: “It is a question of not having the will to do something. There was a time I was in politics; the will to do it was there. Now, I don’t have it. I feel I have done my best based on the opportunity given to me and I am grateful for what God has done for me. Therefore, I will never go for any elective office for the rest of my life and I will never accept any appointment for the rest of my life. But I will always give my advice whenever it is needed.”

Bafarawa also described as ingrate State Governors who contest for senate after completing their terms in office as Governors.

“Why would you serve eight years as governor of a state and then you come again and take one part of the state and say you are going to the National Assembly? After serving for eight years, why don’t you allow others to go to the National Assembly? As a former governor, the only thing you can look forward to is the presidency. Anything less than that is an abuse of privilege.

“Out of 200 million people, you are one of the few chosen to become governor, and after two terms, you come back again and say you want to go to the Senate. What are you going to the Senate to do? As a former governor, ask somebody to go and represent the people there. Then you give the person your wisdom,” Bafarawa added.

Buhari Should Come Out Of Aso Rock, Wear Uniform And Visit Zamfara To Assess Insecurity – Ex-Sokoto Governor

Former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to leave the comfort of Aso Rock and visit the North-West Zone ravaged by terrorism and banditry.

Bafarawa described the North west, especially Zamfara and some parts of Sokoto as an area of ‘deep calamity,’ volunteering to show President Buhari places that the banditry and terrorism in the zone had destroyed.

Bafarawa, famous for blunt talking, challenged the President to be more proactive in tackling insecurity.

“This catastrophic situation that we found ourselves in the country, the President should come out of the Villa, put on uniform and form a committee including me to visit Zamfara for an on the spot assessment”, Bafarawa told the BBC Hausa Service on Monday.

“This insecurity is a catastrophe that has befallen us. The situation in Sokoto and Zamfara states can only be described by those who have been there.”

“The sad thing is that we all know that the security of the nation is in the hands of the Federal Government.

“Those people telling President Muhammadu Buhari that everything is ok, or are they telling him things are not ok? If they are telling him things are going on fine, they have cheated him and have cheated us too.”

“Allah knows that we are in a serious calamity in our zone.

“Today, I travelled home and came back, I am an eyewitness, not that somebody told me. Our people are harvesting millet in abundance, we’ve gotten millet and rice, but people cannot convey the farm produce home. Whoever went to the farm to convey the crops home, will not come back alive.”

“Whoever goes to bring his rice back home, will not return alive. Furthermore, people are in a form of incarceration, like in Zamfara.

” A debilitating catastrophe, a situation that phones cannot work, markets are shut and there is no palliative for the poor to cushion the effect, to get food to eat.”

When the interviewer mentioned that his view could be influenced by politics, the former Governor replied:

“My call here is that we should put politics aside. This is a situation that affects me, it affects the President and he is the one that will be answerable to Allah.”

“Allah will ask him questions, he, the President, should constitute a special team to visit Bafarawa and Shinkafi on a fact-finding mission. Or they should go to the villages around Shinkafi, or Sabon Birni or Goronyo. All these places in the Senatorial Zone are in deep calamity.”


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