By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Loyalists, friends and associates of the former Interim National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, converged at his country home, Ila-Orangun for an inter-faith prayer service held to mark his 81 birthday.
Among dignitaries at the event were the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, among others.
Fielding questions from journalists after the prayer, Akande described President Muhammadu Buhari as a different man from the era of the military.
He noted that Buhari was obeying order during the military era but that now that he is ruling through discussion, argument and decision.
He said, “Muhammadu Buhari was trained as solider. He was not trained a politician. He was a rebellious coup-taker. He was doing another man’s job – politician job. If you ask him today, he will regret.
“After going through politics and contested four times before he can have it. He now begins to listen to people. But as a military-trained person, you rely on order. You obey an order, you give order.
“As a politician, democracy involves discussion, argument, and decision. So, as a military commander, he was obeying an order and he was giving an order. Now as a political leader, it’s a different Buhari that is now ruling the country from the Buhari that sent me to prison in 1984.”
Speaking on the bogus salaries being collected by politicians this day, the elder statesman said it is a generational problem saying that politics was no job at all in his generation.
According to him, “When I started politics, there was no money in it. I was a councillor in for nine years, I lived in Lagos, and I come from Lagos to attend council meetings and council committee meetings weekly, there was no pay. The purpose was to serve your people, and we were very much happy then. And we served, not for money, but for the progress of our community.
“The people of that community kept praying for us and that’s why I was afraid when they said 81. You know, I shivered. The prayer is so potent that I don’t know I’m 81 because I don’t think of money when serving my people. But in your own generation, it is money and nothing. Some will even take the money without service.”