The Kano State Governor, Musa Kwankwaso, has criticised President Goodluck Jonathan’s handling of the Boko Haram crisis, saying Mr. Jonathan lacks the competence to function as Nigeria’s Commander in-Chief.
Mr. Kwankwaso said this Saturday to APC supporters who gathered in Abuja to raise funds for his presidential campaign.
“We need to have the right commander in-chief who has the capacity and the political will to stop the nonsense that is happening in this country,” Mr. Kwankwaso, referring to the menace of the Boko Haram insurgents.
“Today, we have a situation where we go to beg for help from countries that came to beg us to help protect their people in the past.”
The governor also boasted that over 50 percent of members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, if he emerged its presidential flag bearer for the 2015 polls.
He also noted that many bigwigs of the ruling party would defect to the APC as soon as he emerged its presidential candidate.
He did not, however, name some of the PDP chieftains who are angling to leave for the APC.
Mr. Kwankwaso is a former member of the PDP, who served in several capacities including as defence minister and a member on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
While speaking at the fundraising dinner, Mr. Kwankwaso lampooned the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan for failing to rise up to the challenge of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.
“I always feel bad that we can no longer protect ourselves as a country. But this is a country where its military performed creditably by protecting people from other African countries and helping a country come out of a repressive apartheid regime,” he said.
“As we are sitting here, thousands of Nigerians are refugees in Chad and Niger. We have over five million internally displaced persons in the North-east. This is a very sad development because many people do not think the North-east is still a part of this country.”
Mr. Kwankwaso noted that securing the lives and property of the citizenry is one of the cardinal functions of government all over the world, adding that “any government that fails in this sacred responsibility has no business being in power.”
He appealed to APC delegates and delegates from other political parties in the country to do the right thing by electing candidates capable of lifting Nigeria out of its present sorry state.
While thanking his supporters for donating to his campaign fund, Mr. Kwankwaso urged them and all Nigerians to pray for his success not only at the APC presidential primary but also at the general election.
He particularly praised a young man who donated N100 to the campaign fund and vowed to use the proceeds from the fund lunch to pursue his presidential ambition, which he described as a “noble” cause.
Earlier, the guest speaker at the fundraising, Baba Galadima, had extolled Mr. Kwankwaso for the positive changes he has brought to governance in Kano State.
Mr. Galadima, said when the idea to organise the dinner was conceived six days earlier, it was difficult to believe that it would be a success.
But considering the number of supporters and friends who turned up for the programme, Mr. Galadima said he was humbled by the outpouring of goodwill for Mr. Kwankwaso.
“Our principal, who is aspiring to be the president of Nigeria, will definitely win the APC primary and ultimately win the general election by the grace of God,” he said.
About N2billion was raised at the dinner which was attended by friends and supporters of the governor within and outside the country.