Professor Ben Nwabueze, Elder statesman and leader of The Patriots, yesterday reiterated his earlier call on President Goodluck Jonathan not to contest the 2015 presidential election, adding that though President was eligible to contest, he should sacrifice ambition for the greater good of the nation and become an instant hero.
Addressing the press after a closed-door session between President Jonathan and members of The Patriots, Nwabueze said, “I still believe that the problem of this country is national transformation. You cannot combine national transformation with contesting election”.
“The two are so different, because once you get involved in the election campaigns you undermined your authority to lead the nation for national transformation and I said if I were the President of Nigeria that I would restrict myself to serving the nation; to transforming this country; to creating a new Nigeria, creating a new society. That would be my concern and I would go down in history as a hero”.
“So if Mr President does that he would become an instant hero in this country, but it is for him to chose. If I were him, I would choose to become a hero, to lead the country into transformation and abandon the ambition of a second term, that is what I said and I still stand by it and that is what I would do if I were the President of the country, but unfortunately, I’m not”.
According to The Citizen, Nwabueze also made a call for a sovereign national congress.
Reacting to The Patriots call for a sovereign national conference, the President said his administration had no objection to Nigerians coming together to discuss how they would continue to live together in peace and unity.