Former House of Representatives member Junaid Mohammed has said it is better for Bola Tinubu to replace President Muhammadu Buhari than someone of Igbo descent.
Junaid was a lawmaker in the Second Republic and noted that there is no crime in Tinubu, who is a former Lagos State Governor, aiming to be Nigeria’s president.
He also faulted Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi on his comments about the suspended Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) plan for herdsmen.
“I have been reading in the media that there is some political games going on and that Tinubu is hoping to succeed Buhari in 2023,” he told Independent.
He wondered: “why is everybody focusing on Tinubu? I am not ashamed of him even though he is a very good friend of mine and I have no apology for that. In a democracy, it is not a crime for one to be ambitious.
“If Tinubu wants to be the president of Nigeria and he asks for my advice, I will say go ahead because I will rather have Tinubu as president than have some of the people in the South- East who are also ambitious and who want to blackmail Nigeria into ceding power to them.
“I know that no matter what happens, even if Tinubu were to be drunk, he will be a better President than Goodluck Jonathan. I also know that he is better than Fayemi.”
He added that “The mistake people are making in the Southern part of the country, they imagine that they can ignore a section of the country when it comes to the issue of the presidency.
“You cannot ignore any part of the country. Tinubu has more goodwill among Northerners than Fayemi who is a crook and has criminal records in the United Kingdom (UK).
“It is not a crime to be ambitious and I have no problem with anybody’s ambition, I have problem with anybody who because of his ambition wants to introduce confusion which can lead to mayhem and bloodshed. I don’t want that.”