Nigerians need to focus more on the policies of government rather than the personal lives of their leaders.
On behalf of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his deputy Mr. Obafemi Hamzat stated this at a press briefing after a meeting in Abuja between the APC Governors and and State Commissioners Of Information of all APC states.
He said this in reaction to Nigerians questioning President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United Kingdom.
He cautioned Nigerians to stop elevating their leaders to super human status.
“First of all, I think we should understand one thing that Mr. President is a human being and part of the problems we have is that we place our leaders as if they are super human when they are human being.
“They have legs, they have pains. For instance, I was in pains at my back after flying from Lagos to Abuja, does it mean I cannot go through pains as a human being? So, Mr. President is a human being, he has wife, he has children, he has brothers and sisters and he also has personal needs.
“That you are the President does not mean that you should not be a human being. Part of the problems is that as a people we try to elevate our leaders as if they are not human being, they are. The moment we understand that, we will be able to manage our thoughts and actions.
“Mr. President went for a conference in Saudi Arabia and he wants to visit London on a private visit, he is a human being. May be he wants to see his cousin.
“Does it mean that if you are in office your family should go and perish? No. For me, I don’t think we should worry about the visit and such things, they are mundane issues. We should rather look at policies and what he is doing to affect the lives of citizens of this country,” he said.
The Deputy governor also cautioned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP against desecrating the judiciary over the Supreme Court judgment of the 2019 Presidential Election because the judgement wasn’t in its favour.
“Why did they go to the court if they don’t believe in it? They went to court to file a case; why did they go there to file the case when they believe the courts don’t have what it takes to deliver justice? I think that is ridiculous. We all went there, but because you don’t like the outcome, because you cannot prove your case, you don’t need to desecrate the institution.
“Our judges have been at the head of other countries’ judiciary; The Gambia and other places; so, why will a party desecrate that institution because they lost a case? I think that is so very unfair. Why do you go to a house, when you don’t believe in that house?” he said.
Speaking on the main reason for the meeting Mr Hamzat said it was important that the APC governors have a standard template for developmental projects and communicate with citizens what they are doing.
“We are doing lots of things and it is also important we let the citizens know what we are doing and why we are doing them. We believe that as a party our template must be standard, even though it must be broad, each state must adopt it.
“There must be some synergy in what we have adopted. You will see the difference very soon and we will keep improving in our communication to our citizens. Of course, we will do peer review mechanism because there are some states that are doing exceedingly well that other states must learn from.
“The essences of our deliberation is for us know how we can continue to deliver services to the citizens of our states and by extension our country. How do we get better in what we do as a government and how do we communicate and expand horizon to all the states in Nigeria?
He said the image of the country has to be portrayed positively outside the country.