By Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Oluomo Segun Osinkolu, has urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari with prayers and good wishes.
Osinkolu, who spoke in his Ayede-Ekiti, Ekiti North Senatorial District country home yesterday in a chat with a group of journalists explained that the former General sought the votes of the people and got same by being elected as President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces.
According to him, President Buhari, who he said has a record of “forthrightness, transparency and incorruptibility”, knows what it takes to lead Nigeria and has secured the opportunity to offer it.
The former Senatorial aspirant in Ekiti state clarified that those he called ‘enemies of progress of Nigeria’ would always come with issues which had no relation with the needs of the common man to cause disaffection and divert attention.
Warning Nigerians not to allow such (focus diverting) individuals to steal the latest opportunity from them, Osinkolu maintained “An issue like Buhari being 72 years old should ordinarily not attract any attention when we all know age bears no link whatsoever with performance”.
His words: “I have convened this meeting with you to alert Nigerians against the readiness of busy bodies who have decided to assume their elements, bringing up one non-issue after another to sway attention from the path of desirable progress and development upon which president Buhari is set.
“The fact that Buhari admitted that being 72 years in age is a fact which attests to the fact of being credible, forthright, transparent and simple. Without mentioning names, there were and still are African leaders who are far older than Buhari and whose performance as their countries leaders remain commendable.
“While in the army during which he served at several times as Military administrator of a state and Head of State and since his retirement from the army, Buhari has shown clear proofs of what a leader should be and such one’s the minimum, irreducible standards of conduct.
“Today, how many mansions does Buhari have, how many companies, how many contracts has he won and executed as a one-time head of state? these questions and more should interest us as Nigerians.
“But the enemies of progress would not want us to reason clearly because of the objectives of retrogression and retardation they all nurse and around which they want to weave such puerile arguments like ‘too old to lead’, ‘too this’, ‘too that’.
“We all should see through them and their evil antics and rise in sturdy support of a man ready to sacrifice personal interests for the collective and corporate yearning of every Nigeria to see the country bloom into a true giant and leader on the African continent”, he said.