President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence visit to the Sema Road of late former President Shehu Shagari witnessed a bit of drama as the President declined to make comment in the condolence register and wrote only his name and date.
The President declined to comment in honour of former President Shehu Shagari, who passed on Friday and was buried on Saturday.
Ex-President Shagari, who died at 93, led Nigeria between 1979 and 1983.
He was overthrown in a coup d’état that brought in Buhari to power as military head of state, three months after he (Shagari) was sworn in for a second term.
Buhari wrote only his name: M. Buhari and date: 30/12/ 2018 in the condolence register.
Meanwhile, a video in which President Muhammadu Buhari said he did not regret ousting President Shehu Shagari through a military coup has resurfaced just as Buhari has flown to Sokoto State to commiserate with Shagari’s family.
In the video, which was an interview with Seun Okinbaloye on Channels TV’s Politics Today programme which was recorded in December 2014, Buhari said he had no regret removing Shagari, adding that a democratic government that is corrupt can be overthrown.
When asked if he was sorry for ousting Shagari’s government, Buhari said, “No. I am not sorry because I mentioned why we did it and we proved our case.”
When reminded of the fact that the coup veered Nigeria off the course of democratic advancement, Buhari said, “So, when you are a democracy, you are entitled to steal the country dry and put our people in a pauperised position and destroying institutions and destroying infrastructure?”
However, when asked if he blames Shagari solely for the corruption, Buhari responded: “Don’t personalise it. I will blame the Second Republic for that.”
The video, which has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, attracted comments from a wide range of persons.
Expectedly, many persons have tagged Buhari and his media aides to the video.