Second Republic Senate President, Dr. Joseph Wayas, Sunday declared that former military Head of State and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, cannot parade himself as champion of democracy,
Wayas, who fielded questions at a personality programme on the Kaduna-based Liberty Radio, said Buhari, as someone, who terminated the Second Republic through a military coup, does not have the credentials of a democrat.
"I have nothing personal against Gen. Buhari, but I cannot equally reconcile certain things in my mind, that is, is Buhari the man to champion democracy?
"That is the question I ask myself and I will answer it and say no, because he dethroned democracy for a military dictatorship and after doing that how sincere will I count on him, this is not the place for one to say everything.
"Am very serious and without painting anybody black I believe that certain people play certain role, he is not the only military man, there are others and they have not come out to tell us that they want to champion democracy, I believe that he is carrying something in him that he cannot be a champion of democracy," the former senate president stated.
According to him, "the action of the military to sack democracy took Nigeria back many years, I don't really know their reason because am yet to see any of us that were the pioneer leaders then flaunting any serious wealth to day."
He accused foreign powers for always using corruption stories on African leaders to blackmail young nations and undermine their democracies.