Senator Shehu Sani has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will be able to identify those who love him after he steps down from office.
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District shared this on his Facebook page on Sunday and he suggested the president is surrounded by hypocrites who only fear him, but not love.
According to Mr Sani, what such politicians told Mr. Buhari or said about him in public was not the same as when they discussed in private.
His post reads:
“Baba (Buhari) will not know those who genuinely love him until someday when he is not in power. Then, he will sit down in his living room, balcony or garden; then, he will read comments and remarks by politicians he once thought meant what they said.
“Most of the political elite don’t love Baba, they simply fear him. They fear him because of his mass appeal among the poor and his ‘vindictiveness.’ What they say about him in public is not the same as what they say about him in private. They were silent and scheming when he was on health vacation (in London), now they are for Baba. (Only) Time will tell.”
The senator, however, was not specific and did not mention names of those he was referring to; whether they were within the Presidency, in the ruling All Progressive Congress or the general political class.
Sani had earlier criticised the endorsement of Buhari by politicians for a second term in 2019 when the President had yet to express his interest in seeking re-election.
He described the endorsement as “a Greek gift” which he said the current ruling elite once condemned while thanking Buhari for rejecting the “gift.”
“Endorsing a president for a second term when he has not yet expressed interest to run amounts to political obsequiousness, taradiddle by lick-spittles. This is something the present political ruling elite once denounced as antics, machination and relics that characterised the old order, now conveniently dusted for exigency. Thanks to PMB, for turning down their Greek gift,” he had said.
Also speaking on terrorism, Senator urged Muslims around the world to rise up to the challenge. While addressing lecturers and students at the International University of Africa, Khartoum on Thursday, Sani lamented that the trend of terrorism does “not only represent a 21st-century threat to global peace and stability but also Muslims and Islam.”
The lawmaker said Islam is confronted by two dangers on two fronts, from the inside and from the outside, according to him, “the inside forces are those who manipulate and misuse the religion in furtherance of their extremist or political or violent agenda. And the outside are those with a mindset and conditioned to hate Muslims and anything associated with Islam.
Shehu Sani stressed on the need for humanity and the world to unite and defeat terrorism, adding that it is the Muslims that must lead the battle with common courage, common focus and collective determination.