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Buhari should be careful with 'sycophants' – ex-Obasanjo adviser

20 March 2016, 18:13

Abuja – Former special adviser to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, Ango Abdullahi, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying there are so many "inadequacies" in his government.

According to The Sun, Abdullahi said this during an interview at his farm in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Abdullahi, who is also the spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and one of the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), indicated that those in his camp were not happy with the way Buhari was running the country.

Abdullahi said: "First, I will emphasise that he [Buhari] should keep his focus in terms of his ideals and qualities as a leader of people. Here it incorporates honesty, fairness and justice to all people. I will like to remind him that he is leading a complex country with a complex history in its diversity, which desires to become a united country. The contradictions are obvious. You sometimes hear comments on contradictions of this aspiration of unity, which unfortunately, fall back on primor-dial, ethnic, religious and geopolitical grounds".

He warned the president, saying he should be more careful about those he worked with in cabinet.

"Buhari should maintain that he belongs to no one but all Nigerians by exhibiting justice and fairness. Thirdly, he should find good Nigerians, not those opportunists or sycophants. He has to be very careful with ‘yes sir’ people. He should find people that he may differ with in their thoughts or criticisms so far they are constructive or objective. It is only these people that can correct your mistakes. Selections of this kind of people constitute the major problem of president Buhari presently." 

Read more at The Sun

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