Chief Charles Idahosa, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in Edo, says President Muhammadu Buhari has made remarkable achievements in Nigeria despite security concerns.
Idahosa, an ally of Governor Godwin Obaseki, said this Friday at a news conference in Benin as part of activities to mark his 68th birthday.
He said the security challenge has become an albatross for some of the achievements recorded by the president, stressing that Buhari should not be judged on insecurity alone.
“Nigerians will not be fair to this government if they are judged on insecurity. Buhari may not be the best as far as I’m concerned, but a lot has happened since he came. But he is judged on the basis of uncertainty.
“I know what he did to the Nigeria Railway and what he did. The track has improved, he has tried in that sector.
“He has tried it in other infrastructures like roads and some others. But insecurity just overshadows all the good things he does.
“We also need to understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire global economy, not just Nigeria.
“It’s not what we expect at 100 percent, nobody can reach 100 percent. But I think he’s doing well. Nigeria is a very difficult country to run. The country is going through a very difficult time, there is no doubt about it,” he said.
Speaking of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Idahosa said the agitators have only succeeded in crippling the Southeast’s economy.
“It is not IPOB that the people support, they are just afraid of destroying their property or being killed, not that they believe in IPOB.
“Nnamdi Kanu was not born during the civil war in Nigeria, so he doesn’t know what is called war.
“I’ve seen war because I was between 15 and 16 during the civil war, I know what war is. You can’t see anyone my age crying out for war,” he said.
Idahosa, a former head of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before transitioning from Obaseki to PDP, said he was a fulfilled man because he was never hospitalized.
He described politics as a game riddled with ungrateful people.
“You fight for them, stand next to them and defend them, at the end of the day they repay you with ingratitude,” he said.