The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not know those who love him until he leaves office.
Sani, in a Facebook post on Sunday, said what politicians told Buhari or said about him in public was not the same as when they discussed in private.
According to the lawmaker, most members of the political elite only fear the President but do not love him.
Sani, however, failed to be specific on those he referred to, whether they were within the Presidency, in the ruling All Progressives Congress or the political class generally.
The post read, “Baba (Buhari) will not know those who genuinely love him until someday when he is not in power. Then, he will sit down in his living room, balcony or garden; then, he will read comments and remarks by politicians he once thought meant what they said.
“Most of the political elite don’t love Baba, they simply fear him. They fear him because of his mass appeal among the poor and his ‘vindictiveness.’ What they say about him in public is not the same as what they say about him in private. They were silent and scheming when he was on health vacation (in London), now they are for Baba. (Only) Time will tell.”
Sani had in a Facebook post on November 4, 2017 criticised the endorsement of Buhari by politicians for a second term in 2019 when the President had yet to express his interest in seeking re-election.
He described the endorsement as “a Greek gift” which he said the current ruling elite once condemned, while thanking Buhari for rejecting the “gift.”
The post read, “Endorsing a president for a second term when he has not yet expressed interest to run amounts to political obsequiousness, taradiddle by lick-spittles.
This is something the present political ruling elite once denounced as antics, machination and relics that characterised the old order, now conveniently dusted for exigency. Thanks to PMB, for turning down their Greek gift.”