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Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day non-partisan, says former lawmaker

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MKO Abiola

A former House of Reps member,  Abdulahi Sadiq, has defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy day.

Sadiq who made an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, stated that the decision which came as a surprise to Nigerians was non-partisan.

When asked if it was a calculated attempt to win votes in the south west, he said, “No! far from it.

“If you ask me, we have seen this President long enough to know that he doesn’t even know how to play politics.

“Part of the problems he is having with even members of his party is that he has refused to subject every issue to partisan influences,” he said.

According to him, the President in his usual manner, took his time to properly review the issue, before coming to that conclusion.

“We see it as a landmark decision, we see it as masterstroke because the President did not give anybody any inkling into the fact that he was going to do something like this.

“He took the nation by surprise and that is the quintessential President Buhari. He does whatever he’s convinced about and takes his time to do whatever he wants to do. He doesn’t jump into anything.

“The President has clearly taken his time to review and overview what exactly should be the final position to take,” the former lawmaker said.