25 November 2007

Nigeria: Retire From Politics, Faruk Lawan Advises Obasanjo

Abuja — The leader of the Integrity Group in the House of Representatives, Alhaji Faruk Lawan, has advised former President , Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to embrace the style of the former leaders of the country, by steering clear of the day to day affairs of the nation, especially in matters pertaining to party affairs and government in general. Lawan appealed to the former number one citizen to stop frustrating the dealings of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He stated this in an interview on the Voice of America, VOA, Hausa service, monitored in Abuja, adding that, if Obasanjo accepted this advise to retire from politics, the nation's democracy will surely be strengthened, and even the former president will be given a place of pride by Nigerians.

"All our past Heads of State respect themselves by restraining from unnecessary involvement in politics. They became calm and never disturbed this democracy. I prefer to advise Obasanjo to adopt this stance of the Nigerian past leaders," said Lawan, adding, "It is a traditionally adopted policy that, where a leader retired or got removed from office, he should be deployed out of the environment. I suggest, Obasanjo should understand that his stepping aside from politics will earn him respect in Nigeria."

While commenting on the style of President Umaru Musa 'Yar'Adua's administration in relation to that of Obasanjo, Honourable Lawan disagreed with the insinuation that 'Yar'Adua is the carbon copy of Obasanjo, just because he is yet to completely dismantle all the unpopular policies that were installed by Obasanjo, prior to his exit from Aso Rock, in May 2007. He stressinged that President Yar'adua has to be given enough time to be fully prepared and follow due process before dislodging the evils that Obasanjo buried before his exit.

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