A former governor of Kaduna State in the Second Republic, Balarabe Musa, says nobody can become the President of Nigeria without first being a thief or supported by thieves.
According to him, there is hardly how anyone can legitimately raise the kind of money required for presidential campaign in the country.He blamed the socio-economic woes of the country on the political structure, where, according to him, 99 per cent of the people in the corridors of power were thieves.
Musa was captured as saying this in a video clip circulating on the Facebook.
He was captured as playing host to the publisher of an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, a presidential hopeful.Sowore, in the clip, said he visited the Kaduna politician to seek his counsel on how to go about his presidential ambition in 2019. He asked the 81-year-old politician for his view on why the older generation of leaders had failed the country.
Responding, Musa said the problem of underdevelopment in the country was blamable on the wrong socio-political system.
“We have a socio-economic and political system controlling all developments in the country and the political leadership produced by that system both of which are made up of people who regard self-interest first, public interest second, as opposed to public interest first and self-interest second. Now, how can you have order; how can you have development in a situation like this?
“I gave you the example of the President; nobody can be a President of Nigeria unless he is a thief or supported by thieves. I mean, the fact is clear. You know, the reasonable estimate of the cost of campaigning for presidency in Nigeria is billions. How can you acquire these billions?”
According to Musa, the situation was not so before the Second Republic, recalling that “(Shehu) Shagari became the President of Nigeria without being a thief.”