A former governor of Kaduna State in the Second Republic, Alhaji Balabe Musa has opined that though President Muhammadu Buhari is a better evil that his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.
The former governor in an interview with the New Telegraph lambasted Buhari's style of governance since sworn in over a year ago, describing most of the government policies as rubbish, but avowed that, Buhari was a better evil compare to Jonathan.
The excerpt bellow:
"We supported him in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and we made it quite clear that he posed the least risk. We said that supporting any politician in Nigeria is a great risk because the deciding factor in politics and election in Nigeria is money."
"Therefore supporting anybody is a great risk but in the case of Buhari at that time, supporting him was the least risk we could take. In spite of what I have said, he still remains the least risk. The situation in Nigeria was so desperate that you cannot pin point who was better than Buhari."
"He was better than all those that he contested against in all the elections. Buhari was the better of the two evils, but don’t forget the fact that he was an evil. To tell the truth, the situation in the country was so hopeless that you can’t identify a leader with reasonable risk. In order to correct the situation and chose a leader that can correct the negative state of the nation, we changed the socioeconomic and political system that control all development in the country and the political leadership produced by the system. We had to enthrone a system and leadership based on public interest first and enlightened self interest second."
"This is as opposed to what we have today, where self interest is first and public interest is second or incidental, and we have history to prove this. Untill the military took over in 1966, did we have this hopeless situation that we have today? Did we have a situation whereby anybody can steal any fund and get away with it? I have worked all my life in the finance department since 1953 when I joined the Civil Service."
"Up till 1966, no one could steal a kobo of public fund and get away with it, without being investigated and punished. That was the situation before the army took over in 1966. Since then, if you are the favourite of the president, you can steal one-third of the annual budget, as long as you don’t eat alone, and you will get away with it."
Quotes of Balarabe Musa as excerpted from New Telegraph