A Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his remark, following the death of former President, late Shehu Shagari.
In an interview with DAILY POST, Mohammed said the statement by the President has shown how reckless, shameless and hypocritical he is.
Shagari, had passed on Friday at the age of 93 at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness.
Reacting to Shagari’s death, Buhari in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Femi Adesina had said: “ On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, it is with immense sadness that I received the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari which event happened Friday in Abuja”
However, the former lawmaker wondered how Buhari who overthrew Shagari and jailed him could now claim to be a convert of democracy.
According to Mohammed: “This is hypocrisy, there is a saying by Prophet Mohammed that ‘if you are shameless do what you like and say what you want’. It’s in this context that you see what Buhari has been saying since 2015.
“He did not only overthrow a democratic government, which was elected and also jailed Shagari who was a democratically elected leader. So for such a person to claim to be a new convert to democracy shows that the level of mendacity, the reckless and shamelessness and hypocrisy which characterised him and everything he represents in politics and government.
“Also, why did he send Shagari to jail, everyone knew that Shagari was in poor health , he was in his sixties and had a poor eye sight. I first said this as far back as 1965 after Buhari was overthrown.
“I condemned that statement and I find it unbelievably shameless for a man you sent to jail you now call him your friend.
This government has shown that it’s of no good and can only lead us to one thing which is disaster and mayhem.”