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Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige says Nigerians have stretched the president. Muhammadu Buhari beyond his limits.
The Minister said this on Monday night in an interview aired on Channels Television. According to him, President Buhari has ‘toletated so much’ and other leaders will not condone the kind of criticisms the president deaks with.
“Can President Obasanjo give you people the latitude?… He will not grant you people that! So, this president (Buhari) is a willing horse and you people (Nigerians) want to ride him to death,” Ngige said .
The former Anambra State governor while stressing that the present government has delivered its promises in many areas, called on critics and members of the public to give kudos to the Buhari government.
“There must be a limit to politicking. If a government has done well, if a person has done well, give him accolades. In the areas he has not done well, point them out and discuss,” he added.
The Minister also talked about the calls for an igbo presidency saying that feelings of marginalization in the Southeast will be largely assuaged if the region produces Nigeria’s next president.
“The people in the area have perceived that they are marginalized, that they are unappreciated, whether it was done by propaganda and brainwashing or not, that is now immaterial.
“So I agree with that proposal, unfortunately, the Nigerian constitution does not have that. This is where I quarrel with those who authored the 1999 Constitution.
“I still believe today, tomorrow, that the Abacha Constitution of 1995 that espouses rotational presidency into the six zones in Nigeria, a single five-year tenure in order to heal all the wounds; the wounds of civil war, and the wound of June 12.
“Now, that constitution would have been the best constitution for Nigerians to use for the next 30 years by which the six zones would have tested the presidency,” the minister stated.