The majority of past military chiefs of state and former presidents, according to Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate for the African Action Congress (AAC), have little political significance.
They were referred to as “fallen gods” by the presidential candidate during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday.
To win their support, a number of presidential hopefuls have been photographed meeting with and visiting previous presidents and leaders of the state.
In Minna, Niger state, on Sunday, Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) nominee for president, and Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, his running mate, paid Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar a courtesy call.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu paid Olusegun Obasanjo a visit in Abeokuta, Ogun state, last month.
Sowore responded to the pattern by claiming that politicians visiting “these so-called owners of Nigeria” indicate “something is wrong.”
“I have no idea how to genuflect before descending gods. When you awaken in Nigeria and your only option upon surveying your surroundings, including the roads, hospitals, and schools, is to travel to Minna or Abeokuta or wherever these so-called “owners of Nigeria” are located, something is obviously wrong with you, the speaker claimed.
“I cannot see why a presidential candidate or politician would go to the people that wrecked our country, and that has always been my opinion,” the contender said.
In order for Nigeria to finally function, Sowore continued, its citizens must abandon such actions.
Since so many of them don’t really have political worth to the nation, I don’t want to waste my time pleading with them. People simply build a shrine in their honour somewhere, he continued.
“We need to move in a different way if Nigerians are to own their nation truly.”