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I Warned Nigerians About Buhari And I'm Now Vindicated - Northern Elder, Yakasai | CNR

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Northern Elder and Statesman, Tanko Yakasai has said that he stopped making public statements about the failure of the President Mohammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government because he warned Nigerians early enough about the dangers of electing him president before the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Yakasai, 92, who served as former President Shehu Shagari's Liaison officer to the National Assembly, made this known in an interview with Vanguard newspaper.

The elder statesman recalled that when he made statements against the candidacy of Mr. Buhari, then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC ahead the 2015 general election, he was attacked and insulted by many people, especially from the Northern region.

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Responding to a question on why he hardly criticize President Buhari's style of leadership these days, the Nonagenarian said he decided to rest after he had been vindicated on his earlier position that President Buhari lack the five necessary ingredients for successful political leadership.

In response to the question: "You hardly criticize President Buhari's style of leadership these days, is it that the government has bought you over?", he said: "Well go and get money for me, I will take it. I'm 92 now, and if at 92, I cannot use my common sense when will I deploy it again? When I made that statement against Buhari, it was attack from left, right and centre, insult from here and there, particularly from this part of the country. Since then, I have kept quiet because I knew I would be vindicated one day. I don't have any more to add.

"What I said is now confirmed by events. What I said then was that President Buhari was not prepared to govern and that his party has no programme for Nigeria, and it happened. Why should I waste my time anymore? I said it: you have seen and every other Nigerian has seen it. Why can't I rest and I deserve some rest, and I will allow them to do the talking.

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"I did the talking when it was necessary for me to do and now, it is no longer necessary because Nigerians are doing the talking now.

He therefore listed the five necessary ingredients for successful political leadership, which he said cannot be bought or borrowed, but rather, inherent in the leader.

"I believe there are five important ingredients necessary for successful political leadership, and these include capacity, competence, vision, planning, and integrity. In my opinion, our present national leadership is totally lacking those ingredients.

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"All of them are inherent. They cannot be bought or borrowed, and nobody can change the situation for the better, we have to live with it to the end" he explained.

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