Ken Nnamani, a former Senate president, said on Thursday in Abuja that Muhamadu Buhari, the flag bearer for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 Presidential Elections, called for free and fair elections and not bloodshed in Nigeria’s 2015 elections.
He said based on his understanding of the statement credited to Mr. Buhari, the former head of state was not unruly.
Mr. Namani urged well-meaning Nigerians not to take undue advantage of developments to create tension in the country, saying opinions such as that held by the former general should be taken objectively.
“The way I understood the statement is that if it’s not free and fair, it might spell doom for the country. It is a kind of prediction but he’s not calling for blood.
“I didn’t understand him as calling for blood, I am not his spokesman by any means, but am only trying to interpret it the way I understood that statement and it is important for us to shoot for free and fair election.”
Speaking on Nigeria’s Vision: 2020, Mr. Nnamani said a lot needs to be done for the country to attain the feat.
According to him, Nigeria should be growing faster than the 19 most developed economies if it is to join the 20 industrialised countries of the world.
“It will be wrong for us to think that in the next eight years we will overtake the countries like Indonesia or India or Korea; it is not possible that we will do it.
“We are still battling with our light [power] situation; still battling with the security situation; other countries are doing the same. Our government, as far as I am concerned looks very focused and working hard to solve some of the problems.
“But for us to assume that we are going to launch people in the moon in the next eight years and so on and overtake all those countries that we consider highly industrialised nation, it is good to aspire but it should be based on facts,” he said.
Mr. Nnamani said there is nothing wrong in aspiring to be in the class of the 20 most industrialised economies in the world, but called for proper measures that would help Nigeria achieve such target.