The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Maiduguri, Emmanuel Kana Mani, has called on former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to retire from active politics and join the revered league of former Nigerian leaders.
In a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Bishop Mani asked Buhari to abide by the statement he made prior to the 2011 presidential election in which he claimed that he would not contest the 2015 poll.
The cleric said he recalled that before the last presidential election, Gen. Buhari told all Nigerians that after the 2011 elections, he would not vie for any election again.
He said: “I also heard Gen. Buhari, when responding to a question on whether or not he would contest the 2015 general election, he said that the decision is not his, but that of his own party, which to me is a contradiction and unlike of a statesman.” He said.
Bishop Mani said Buhari would do himself a favour if he retires from active politics and join the revered league of former Nigerian leaders, such as Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.
According to him, the former leaders preach nonviolence and peaceful coexistence.
The cleric, therefore, urged Gen Buhari to join the enviable league and safe Nigeria from political tension.
He said: “Let those who have the opportunity of leading this country either as President or governors or any other political office at any level remember that Nigeria is blessed with capable men and women across the six geo-political zones who can even do better if given the opportunity as no Nigerian is indispensable.”