The Second Republic Senate president, Dr. Joseph Wayas has
asked General Muhammad Buhari to stop nurturing the dream of becoming Nigeria’s
next president in 2015. Wayas said its beyond his imagination why a man who led
a military coup, in December 1983 wants to rule now. I have met him on two occasions and he offered
his hand to shake me, which I gallantly ignored, Waya said. Below is how The Sun is reporting it;
with other opposition parties, Second Republic Senate president, Dr. Joseph
Wayas, has advised its presidential candidate in 2011 general elections,
General Muhammad Buhari (retd) to perish the thought of becoming president in
2015 or beyond.
election as president having led a military coup, in December 1983 that sacked
the democratically elected government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. Wayas, who was
Senate president when the coup plotters struck, told Daily Sun in Abuja that
events that followed their sack had rubbished Buhari’s reasons for staging the
actors of the Buhari coup, the late General Sani Abacha, confessed to him that
they (the coupists) were mistaken in the reasons they gave for sacking the Shagari
government. “You know it was General Abacha who announced the coup. He told me
that they made several attempts to pin something on me. When their
investigations came to naught, they released me. But I had spent several years
in prison, for no reason,” revealed Wayas.
reconciling with Buhari, insisting there was no basis for that. “Once I went to
see Abacha. As I was entering, he (Buhari) was leaving. When he saw me, he
immediately offered his hand for a handshake. I ignored him. He passed on. Same
with me,” said Wayas. He continued: “The next occasion was when Shagari was
launching a book in Kaduna. Honestly, I don’t know why he (Buhari) chose to
attend such a function.
was Buhari’s. Naturally I protested. Of course he tried to greet me. Again, I
declined.” The former Senate president expressed bewilderment that, “the same
man who sacked an elected government, 30 years ago, now wants to be elected
president,” exclaiming, how ironic.