After 45 years, senior Nigerian politician announces retirement from politics Nigeria news
Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto state, announced his retirement from politics after 45 years.
Bafarawa ruled Sokoto as governor between 1999 and 2007.
Speaking in an interview with Punch, the ex-governor said he no longer had the will to be active in politics.
The former presidential contender on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform said he would never run for elected office or accept political appointments.
“There was a time when I was in politics, the will to do it was there. Now I don’t have it. I feel like I have done my best for the opportunity given to me and I am grateful for what God has done for me, ”he said.
“Therefore, I will never go for an elective position for the rest of my life and I will never accept an appointment for the rest of my life. But I will always give my advice whenever necessary.
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Bafarawa said it was an “abuse of privilege” for someone who served as a former governor to fight to become a senator.
He said, “Why would you want to serve eight years as governor of a state and then you come back and take part of the state and say you go to the National Assembly?”
“After serving for eight years, why don’t you allow others to go to the National Assembly? As a former governor, the only thing you can expect is the presidency. Anything less than that is an abuse of privilege.
“Out of 200 million people, you are one of the few elected to become governor, and after two terms you come back and say you want to go to the Senate. What are you going to do in the Senate? As a former governor, get someone to go and represent the people there. Then you give the person your wisdom.