Former Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, Alhaji Muhammad Nadada Umar said he has respect for President Goodluck Jonathan as a man that has vision for Nigerians but is surrounded by bad lieutenants.
Alhaji Umar spoke to journalists in Bauchi yesterday where he observed that President Jonathan had brainpower of accommodating good ideas for the interest of Nigerians, but his lieutenants were not helping matters through proper implementation of the programmes.
The former secretary to the Bauchi State government, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, explained that he defected because he had reached his tolerance for the PDP that failed to appreciate his contributions which resulted to losing about 70 percent of his followers.
“I have been exceptionally tolerance to the PDP but I have reached my end of the tolerance hence my decision to leave as I lost 70 percent of my followers and you know politics is about number. After all I’m not doing it just to satisfy my personal interest but my people first but honestly I have no grudges against anybody,” he said.
He pointed that APC had come with principles of fairness and sign of honesty that instigated his defection, particularly with General Muhammad Buhari who would ensure the appointment of his lieutenants that would work for the progress of Nigeria.
He then called on public officers to always work for the progress of the country rather than working towards a particular community which, according to him, is a sign of injustice, saying that he had high hope for the president-elect considering that he is respected because of his honesty, discipline and accountability.
“Nigerians should not expect Buhari to change the country within short period because he is not an Angel, rather Nigerians should be patient enough to allow him study the situation as well as bring in people that have same ideology to support him in transforming the country,” he added.

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