Professor Tam David-West, a man who served as petroleum mimister under the 1984 military dictatorship of President Muhammadu Buhari, is torn.
He is still a strong supporter of the president even though he does not serve in the current government. He frequently speaks in support of the president and still hopes Pres. Buhari performs well. But now, David-West claims that based on performance, the president does not deserve a second term.
Here’s what he said in an interview with The Sun newspaper: “I know that within few months, a government can make purposeful impact. Right now, why I am saying ‘no’ is that I ask myself as a supporter of Buhari: Are the people happy? A good friend is not one who praises you, but the one who tells you the truth. There is no question that people are not happy. There is no question that the economy is not doing well. There is no question that a lot of people are suffering.”
David-West however said he is not aligning himself with critics like former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, and former defence minister Theophilus Danjuma, who he referred to as “professional letter eriters.”
“I don’t associate myself with the theatricals of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, and Theophilus Danjuma. If people think he is doing well, they will vote for him. If people think he has not done well, they won’t vote for him,” he said.
“But immediately you have people who are professional letter writers, trying to make sure, who are you to tell Buhari not to seek second term? You once sought third term. He who goes to equity must have clean hands. Obasanjo is not qualified at all to tell Buhari not to seek second term. When you were seeking third term, they wanted to change the constitution for you.”
The Rivers born professor said the ultimate decision depends on Nigerians.
“Nobody imposed Buhari on Nigerians. People voted for him. Get the ticket first and when you take the ticket, let the people be happy. Where there are areas of discontent and concerns, try to take active steps to correct them so that you can give greater happiness to greater number. When Nigerians are happy, they will vote for you. One million Obasanjos cannot stop them. When Nigerians are happy, one million Danjuma and Babangida cannot stop them. They will vote for you. Nigerians are not fools. When you are doing well, they will vote for you,” David-West said.