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“I have at least one million naira in my bank, having paid N5.5 million to pick my form from my party. I have around 150 cattle because I am never comfortable without cows. I have a house each in Kaduna, Kano, Daura, and one in Abuja, which I borrowed... money to build. I never had a foreign account since I finished my courses in the USA, India and the UK. I never owned any property outside Nigeria. Never.” - General Buhari, CPC Presidential Aspirant.  “General Muhammadu Buhari as a member of the Supreme Military Council and as Head of NNPC was by nature taciturn and introvert. But he took any work that was given to him very seriously. He is reliable as he is hardworking and honest....his path of moral probity and rectitude” Incorruptible - President Olusegun Obasanjo, in his book, "Not My Will".       “ He was without doubt, one of the best officers we have ever had.... Colleagues regard him as highly dependable and taken by his words by his mates, seniors and juniors.... I have no doubt about his ability to instill discipline.” -General Shehu when Buhari became Head of State.   “ I respect Buhari. He was my Boss .He was an honourable man. And I can say this anywhere”. -General Ibrahim Babagida     “Murtala and Buhari are great leaders”. -Nuhu Ribadu Chairman EFCC (Obansajo's Anti-Corruption Chief) - Daily Trust 27th Feb. 2007.   “Buhari is a forthright and very clearly a disciplined man. He has managed to cut the image of a person who abhors corruption genuinely. If Buhari does not want to make a promise, he is the kind of person that will say so. Buhari is likely to pay attention to the problems of the country, unlike Obasanjo who floats in the air and most of the time plays to the gallery ”. - Vanguard Editorial. 23rd January 2003.   “Buhari has three qualities namely INTERGRITY, which even his worst enemies can't fault; he is CONSISTENT, he does not say one thing in the morning and another at night, and he is COMMITTED to implementing the restructuring of the country. Anyone with these qualities deserves the support of Nigerians ”. -Chief Olu Falae-This Day Newspaper, 23rd March 2007.   “Buhari stands out to be the most DEDICATED and PATRIOTIC leader. We want the President who would confront both the foreign and local enemies of democracy ”. - Femi Falana (Lawyer/Human Rights Activist) -Tribune Newspapers 24th March 2007.   “Buhari was a soldier of HONOUR. There are soldiers and there are soldiers. There are soldiers who are men of honor. The man (Buhari) has decided to commit 26% of budgetary allocation to education ”. - Femi Falana- The New 28th March 2007.   General Buhari rose from the rank of a lieutenant in the army to a general. At one time, he was a GOC. He was later appointed Military Administrator of the old North-East. He was in the Petroleum Ministry as minister. In December 1983 he became Head of State via a coup.During late General Sani Abacha’s regime, he headed the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) before former President Obasanjo scrapped it. But I read in the papers where the General himself said after obtaining his CPC presidential form, which cost him over N5 Million, he is now left with less than a million naira in his account. Now my task is to challenge all of us to ensure this man becomes President this year. General Buhari deserves to be given a chance.When he became Head of State after the 1983 coup, thousands of Second Republic politicians, including me were picked and locked up by the Junta. But even in kirikiri, I discovered that the NPN elements among us were giving bribe to prison officials to ensure they got double ration of food. It dawned on me that people who can offer bribes even in kirikiri have no reason to be our leaders. Buhari was vindicated. -Balarebe Musa – Punch January 21,2011   Buhari is as clean as the book I am holding. -Alhaji Isiaku Ibrahim, a Member of PDP Board of Trustees @ a Book launch in Kaduna     Buhari was borrowing money from me when he was a sitting head of state. This continued even while he was at the PTF. Tired of loaning money to him, i snapped at him ‘Please, you are sitting on billions, why can’t you steal some money instead of begging me, a contractor that earns his money through hard labour, to loan you money all the time?’ -M.T. Waziri narrated how Buhari was borrowing money from him even when he (Buhari) was a sitting head of state.   This is indeed an extra ordinary achievement for a country like Nigeria where corruption is almost legalized. Undeniably, Buhari ’s credentials have given him an edge over others in the race, most especially considering the fact that the country ’s problem is centered on corruption, and his (Buhari’s) ability to address that problem effectively. In fact, many highly placed Nigerians have attested to his suitability for the job in this regard as quoted below; “Character traits showcase Buhari's appeal. Nigerian perception of candidates' character traits may help explain support for candidates. Of all , the candidates, Buhari is most frequently associated with integrity, leadership, accountability, honesty and transparency. Nigerians are more skeptical about these qualities in Atiku and Yar'adua ”. -Opinion Analysis. State Department, Washington. March 19th 2007.   Four national dailies recently analyzed All aspirants for the Presidency,their strengths, their weaknesses and their chances.It was for ONLY Buhari that the words “ NOT CORRUPT AND DISCIPLINED” were used.we would agree that what is most significant & important to our society is societal reforms that edges us back to discipline, where moral values thrive and structures for overall developments will be built on credence. Where societal ineptness will be replaced with disciplined followership under the leadership of credible and experienced hands. Finally, I thought I'd remind us all that we do not kill a tree by cutting it's branches. You cannot fight corruption where the root problems thrive. We need societal cleansing by whatever way possible as long as it takes Nigeria to the desired results and I stand to be corrected but the candidate closest to bringing that in this present dispensation is Buhari. It could be myself or even yourself in future. But for now, given the number of people aspiring to become our President, BUHARI is far above the rest  Gen. Buhari to PTF contractors: "If you perform well, you get a hand shake. If you perform badly, you get a handcuff."         Testimony by a Nigerian on Why They Didn't vote Buhari before. In 2011, GMB is not alone. He's supported by a team of volunteers online and offline who never voted for him before. We didn't vote for him, because we didn't know. We didn't know that he supervised and birthed our only existing refineries. We didn't know that what he did in road construction while in the PTF hasn't been matched by 12yrs of the PDP, even though some claimed they were lopsided. We didn't know that in his time as head of state he reduced inflation from 23% to 4%, by fiscal discipline and a home-grown economic team (not achieved under any other era, even military). We didn't know that there was no religious crisis while he led.   We didn't know that JJ Rawlings of Ghana took over 2yrs before him, and killed all the corrupt leaders, while GMB merely gave his own, long-term jail sentences. We didn't know that the hospitals and universities around the country never witnessed as much benefits they got from the PTF from any government after or before his time. We did not know, that this man despite serving in senior capacity in the oil sector, has no petrol station, much less a rig, refinery or an oil block like so many of our leaders. We never voted him, because we did not know. But now we know... We know that he has followership in the north that money can't buy. We know that those who follow him are poor, and follow him out of hope and belief in his values. I have met old men who know him, who have said... "All I need from Buhari is his word, I can take it to the bank". Now we know that here is someone that has been in everything to make him an OBJ, IBB or Danjuma, but didn't take that road.    We feared he was an Islamic fundamentalist, but he challenged us to provide any human being who can point at anything he did to show that.   Now we know that it's about the values... The only former head of state that does not own a house in Abuja. Educate someone today please!See More

By: Ibrahim Ali

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