The Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari has explained his reason for refusing to engage in a presidential debate with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking at an interactive session with the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO) in Abuja, Buhari argued that there was no basis for debate since the record of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Jonathan in government is public knowledge.
At the event also attended by a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Buhari, however, promised to ensure strict adherence to the constitution if he wins the March 28 presidential election.
The former head of state who has always been criticised for his actions when he was in power promised that what happened in the past would not repeat itself. “I want to assure you that Nigerian constitution will be adhered to,” he said, explaining further that “I cannot change the past but I can change the present and future.”
When asked if he was prepared to apologise for jailing some journalists as military ruler under the Decree 4 of 1984, the Director General of Mr. Buhari’s campaign and Governor of River State, Rotimi Amaechi was reported to have prevented the former general from responding. “The general has said he could not change the past.”