Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), says Nigeria’s former presidents and heads of state lack political value.
Visiting former leaders has become an orthodoxy for politicians seeking elective office in Nigeria.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) have all embarked on ”political pilgrimage” at some point visiting past leaders.
Speaking in an interview with Arise TV on Thursday, Sowore, an activist, said “something is wrong” with politicians who are visiting “these so-called owners of Nigeria”.
“I don’t know how to genuflect on the altars of falling gods. When you wake up in Nigeria and you look at your environment — the roads, hospitals and schools — and the only thing you can do is to head to Minna or Abeokuta or wherever these so-called ‘owners of Nigeria’, then something is wrong with you,” he said.
“I cannot fathom why a presidential candidate or politician will visit those who destroyed this country when you are claiming that you want to restore the country and that has been my position.
“I do not want to waste my time pleading with them because so many of them do not even have political value to the country. They just erect a shrine somewhere and people will come and worship them.
“For Nigerians to actually own their country, we have to travel in a different direction.”