The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari said it would be harsh to judge him against his record as a military dictator in a democratic setting.
Speaking in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Buhari affirmed that the Boko Haram insurgency would be ended by his administration through blocking corruption and other leakages.
Reacting to the opinion that Nigerians were faced with the difficult option of choosing between a failed president and a former military dictator with a bad human rights record, Buhari begged to differ.
“All those things you mentioned were done under military administration; if we did not suspend the constitution then, it would have been difficult for us to operate under those circumstances. So I do not think I should be judged as an individual for those things that happened then.”
Buhari also welcomed the endorsement of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who still claims to be a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). “Well it will certainly bring more supporters to us and more confidence for those who were sitting on the fence because General Obasanjo is highly respected and as far as the nation is concerned, there is no issue that can be deliberated upon without people seeking his opinion.”
Buhari also described the postponement of the general elections as a disappointment. This is “because the presentation made by the INEC was that they were ready to conduct the elections on the date chosen a year ago. And for them to be forced virtually by the military that they cannot guarantee the safety of their workers and shift it by six weeks.”