A former ally of the President Muhammadu Buhari and a member of Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Buba Galadima, has stated how Buhari’s administration is setting stage for revolution in the country.
According to Galadima, in an interview with the Sunday PUNCH in Abuja on Friday, the Buhari’s administration is setting stage for revolution “by excluding, disenfranchising people not on the basis of competence but on the basis of ‘they don’t belong”.
He noted that Nigeria needed a leader that would carry everybody along.
Galadima said the #EndSARS protest removed the cloak of invincibility from the Buhari administration.
He also slammed northern governors over what he described as their “shameful” declaration that the youth-led protest, which was engineered by injustices meted out to them by the administration and its enablers, was an attempt to force an administration change.
According to Galadima, unless those in government were playing the ostrich, the #EndSARS protest went beyond seeking an end to police brutality.
He emphasised that Nigerian youths were demanding an end to the systemic corruption in public service and the exclusion of qualified Nigerians from access to existing opportunities.
Buba Galadima said, “When #EndSARS started, they didn’t know that the sons and daughters of average Nigerians, who could not get food to eat, (could) make them lose sleep. And they’ve just seen a tip of the iceberg.
“They are leading this country into a revolution that they don’t want to accept. They are the people causing the revolution by excluding, disenfranchising people not on the basis of competence but on the basis of ‘they don’t belong’. That is why we need a leader that is a large-hearted Nigerian who will carry us all along, not because he is an Idoma man or a Bade man.
“Do they know ? One of my friend’s sons wanted to join the Police Force. He was asked by these faceless people to pay an amount of money for him to be recruited. My friend told his son, ‘even if I had the money, I won’t pay, besides, I don’t even have the money. If you are recruited because I paid the money, you are also going in there to help yourself to make the money back.”
Galadima alleged that promotion in the civil service had become cash and carry, arguing that it could cost up to N5m to move from deputy director to director; N2m to rise from assistant director to deputy director and between N500, 000 to N1m to move from level 15 to 16.
He also accused some civil servants of taking vacancies to National Assembly members, making it difficult for anyone not connected to the NASS members to get the job.
He said, “Now, I have about seven children with master’s degrees. I have medical doctors, but none of them could be employed (into the public service) because I don’t have the money to give. Even my friends in the government are running away from me because they wouldn’t want to be seen with me, let alone for me to ask for a favour.”