In an interview with Vanguard, on the state of the nation, Senator Femi Okurounmu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his poor handling of affairs, saying he had warned Nigerians not to vote for Buhari in 2015. He also said that the performance of the government 0f Buhari worse when compared to that of his predecessor, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Giving his assessment of the state of affairs in the country, Okurounmu said the situation of things in Nigeria today demanded that everyone should weep for our country because the condition of our country, compared to how it was at independence showed that we have been making a very fast backward movement in the opposite direction.
According to Femi Okurounmu, Buhari’s administration has left Nigeria worse off than it was during the last government. He said:
“Buhari who is carrying the change mantra all about, his administration is worse than Jonathan’s. The whole country now has degraded very much, our leaders have degraded our humanity to animal kingdom.
“Buhari has no clue on how to revive the economy and yet we are carrying ‘change’ all about. I am happy with my conscience that I spoke out my mind during the election of 2015, I warned Nigerians not to vote for Buhari.
“I took out advertisements in newspapers on why we should not vote for Buhari. Even though Jonathan didn’t fight corruption, I asked us to vote for Jonathan so that we can restructure this country but people were crying ‘change’ in an ignorant manner.”
Considering the fact that Buhari’s government is just a year and four months, Senator Okurounmu still believes it is not too early to say he is worse than Jonathan because “the morning shows the day”. He further pointed out that one would have thought Buhari has plans to address the problems of Nigeria having ran for President four times.
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The Senator explained:
“He tried in 2003 to run for President and also in 2007 and 2011 while 2015 was his fourth attempt. One can’t run for President without making plans and also analysing how he is going to rule and try to do something to solve the problem.
“I believe he has been following the problems of this nation since before 2003 and had drawn plans he would pursue, if he became President. So, that his government is young is not an excuse at all. He didn’t just wake up one morning and to find himself as President.”
Senator Femi Okurounmu who represented Ogun Central Senatorial district between 1999 and 2003, served as a commissioner in Ogun State during the Second Republic administration of the first executive governor, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo.
He also held several political positions including Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference in 2014 under the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration.