2nd Term: ‘Nigerians‘ll Beg Yar’Adua’
From George Oji and Ali M. Ali in Abuja, 07.05.2009
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Minister of Special Duties and former Nigerian’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Senator Ibrahim Kazaure, has said Nigerians would in the next two years beg President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, to make himself available for a second term in office.
Kazaure, who described the president as one with unmatched record of tenacity for hard work and dedication to the wellbeing of the country, said so far there is nobody in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that can equal Yar’Adua’s credential for the office of presidency.
Speaking with THISDAY in his office in Abuja Thursday, Kazaure explained that Nigerians who express opposition to the president do so largely because of lack of full knowledge of the person of Yar’Adua, noting that if they know the kind of person the president is they will ask him to rule Nigeria as long as he wishes.
Said Kazaure, “I am assuring you that from what he is doing right now if you give him another two years you will see what he will do. We will not even ask for it Nigerians themselves will be the ones saying please come, come, come and do the other four years.
“You know in our little knowledge of him in the last 20 years, this is a man that Nigerians need for long. It is even very late for Nigeria to have discovered him, he ought to have been president since 20 years ago and Nigeria would not have been talking about 20-20-20, we would have passed that by now, I know what I am talking about and I am ready to say it anywhere”
Asked to shed more light on the person of Yar’Adua, the Minister, who hails from Jigawa enthused that, “Believe me, if I tell you that I know the kind of person Mr. President is, I will be telling lies because no matter how close you are with him, you only know what you know. I have never seen somebody with such a tenacity like Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’Adua, I have never seen such a workaholic so to say, I have never seen somebody who is so dedicated to his nation, I have never seen somebody who likes doing the right thing according to the Rule of Law.
“I think Nigerians don’t know who Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua is, if they know the kind of person he is they will ask him to have Nigeria as long as he wishes. “
This is because in terms of working relationship with his subordinates he relates comfortably with them, if you work with him you will always want to work with him because he is a person who gives you your right, allow you to do your best without interfering. He is one of the best persons to work with.”
The Minister also commented on current efforts of the leadership of PDP to woo back some of its former members and declared that those who left the party and are now rejoining PDP should be ready to suffer some “turbulence” because according to him, if such people had succeeded where they went they would have trampled on the rest of us.