Nigeria: Jonathan's main rival 'will encourage coups in Africa'

2015-03-23 12:19
Nigeria's APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AP)

Nigeria's APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AP)

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Cape Town – Nigeria's opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, would encourage coup plots in Africa if elected the next leader, one of the country's opposition parties says, according to a report.

This comes as the West African country gears up for polls to elect its next leader following, a six-week postponement.

The elections will kick-off on 28 March.

President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking a second term in office but faces a strong challenge from the main opposition candidate Buhari, a former military ruler.

A report by Naija Centre News, the Labour Party’s national secretary Kayode Ajulo castigated Buhari, saying he was not fit to be the country's leader and urged Nigerians not to vote for him. Ajulo accused Buhari of scuttling the country's democracti rule.

Anti-corruption leader

Buhari seizing power in a coup in 1983. He is criticised for throwing his critics - at the time - in jail. He is also said to have kidnapped his enemies off the streets of London, and ordered soldiers to whip Nigerians who did not queue in orderly fashion at bus stops.

"With Buhari as President of Nigeria, other African nations will experience coups because a former dictator will always encourage coup d’etat," Ajulo was quoted as saying.

However, The Telegraph quoted Buhari’s chief spokesperson Lai Mohammed as saying  although Buhari could be a ruthless and ageing former dictator it would be better for the country to be led by him that by "a weak president".

Mohammed said Jonathan had failed to address challenges faced by Nigeria in security, corruption and the economy.

The APC views Buhari as an anti-corruption figure.

Read more on:    muhammadu buhari  |  goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  nigeria elections 2015

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