Hot Issues | 26 February 2015 13:43 CET

I Have Accepted My Past Responsibilities…GMB Declares Publicly

Former military President of Nigeria and Presidential aspirant of the All Progressive Congress of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari during a live telecast in Chatham House, London of America, stated that he is a converted democrat and is ready to accept responsibility for his past deeds.

Buhari whose past has been widely condemned and is being used against him in the 2015 election campaign by some analysts, has created fear in the minds of many as they say he might repeat the same attitude when he gets to power.

It would be recalled that recently, his running mate, Pro. Yemi Osinbajo, was at the home of son of late Afro-beat legend, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, to discuss and get his opinion on certain things affecting the country and after the talks, Femi emphasized that he was not ready to vote and was not in support of any political party.

While relaying the outcome of the meeting on his social media page, a question was asked if the Prof. apologized for the maltreatment of the Kuti family during the military era, Yeni responded that the Kutis were not in position to forgive except he goes to meet their late father, Fela, to beg for forgiveness.

As the fear continues in the heart of some Nigerians, watched the former military President solemnly accepting his past responsibilities in a worldwide telecast stressing that he is a changed person who is out to make a difference for his country.

In his words, "Permit me to close this discussion on a personal note. I have heard and read references to me as a former dictator in many respected British newspapers including the well regarded Economist. Let me say without sounding defensive that dictatorship goes with military rule, though some might be less dictatorial than others. I take responsibility for whatever happened under my watch."

"I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future. So before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time," he added.

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