Former Nigerian military head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) has opened up on why he has refused to venture into politics after retiring from the Army.
According to Abdulsalami who described himself as a very reserved person, he doesn’t possess the characteristics and qualities needed to be a good politician.
He spoke during an interview with Trust TV which was published on Sunday.
Naija News recalls Abdulsalami took over as President of Nigeria in June 1998 after the death of Gen. Sani Abacha and handed over to a democratically elected president in the person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on May 29, 1999.
While it is not uncommon for retired military officers to join politics, Abubakar explained that he didn’t participate in politics because he doesn’t possess the needed characteristics and doesn’t want any disturbance or trouble.
He said: “No, no! I’ve never been. Politics have never been mine. You see, there are some qualities and some characteristics that make a politician.
“Naturally I am a very reserved fellow, I don’t want any disturbance and all this trouble but others, you know they have got the flair to play politics and so I am happy and I hope even the younger generation who are retiring will also go in.
He however stated that it is not a bad thing if retired military men and other security agents who have the interest and possess the needed qualities join active politics.
“You can see policemen, military, army officers, air force, navy and so on, are all involved in politics and the more the merrier,” he submitted.
Meanwhile, former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has fixed a date to formally declare his presidential ambition under the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The chairman of a group working for the actualization of an Okorocha presidency, the New Nigeria Movement, Prof. Aliyu Abdullahi Jibia, made this known on Saturday.
Jibia disclosed that the lawmaker representing Imo West in the National Assembly would declare his presidential bid on Saturday, January 31.