A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Board of Trustees (BOT), Buba Galadima, says that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is inadvertently leading the nation into a revolution.
According to him, the average Nigerian is being deliberately denied available opportunities, making a revolution inevitable.
Galadima, who is a former Buhari ally, berated Northern governors and other political leaders that described the #EndSARS protest as a plot to force a regime change.
He said that the protest indeed went beyond demanding an end to police brutality but was not to force regime change.
The controversial politician said the #EndSARS protest was to draw attention to staggering injustices meted out to the youths by the administration and its enablers.
Galadima told Sunday Punch, “When #EndSARS started, they didn’t know that the sons and daughters of average Nigerians, who could not get food to eat, (could) make them lose sleep. And they’ve just seen a tip of the iceberg.
“They are leading this country into a revolution that they don’t want to accept. They are the people causing the revolution by excluding, disenfranchising people not on the basis of competence but on the basis of ‘they don’t belong’. That is why we need a leader that is a large-hearted Nigerian who will carry us all along, not because he is an Idoma man or a Bade man.
“Do they know? One of my friend’s sons wanted to join the Police Force. He was asked by these faceless people to pay an amount of money for him to be recruited. My friend told his son, ‘even if I had the money, I won’t pay, besides, I don’t even have the money. If you are recruited because I paid the money, you are also going in there to help yourself to make the money back.’”
Galadima expressed dismay that promotion in the civil service had become cash and carry, alleging that it could cost up to N5m to move from deputy director to director; N2m to rise from assistant director to deputy director and between N500,000 to N1m to move from level 15 to 16.
He further alleged that civil servants took vacancies to National Assembly members, thereby making it practically impossible for those not connected to the lawmakers to get the job.