The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesdayreacted to the criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.
He said the two former presidents should simply join retirees club and enjoy their pension.
It would be recalled that the two presidents had warned Buhari not to stay beyond 2019 in office owing to his alleged non-performance.
Tinubu made his reaction public while speaking with State House Correspondents shortly after his condolence visit to Buhari.
Buhari lost two of his family members recently.
Said Tinubu: “I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested.
“It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la-carte but they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.’’
Tinubu also spoke on the task of reconciling members of the ruling APC ahead of the 2019 general election as directed by Buhari.
He thanked him for the confidence reposed in him and promised to make a success of the exercise.
He spoke about the commitment of the APC government to make life more meaningful to Nigerians.
“I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner and we will win.
“Well, l feel greatly honoured with the mutual confidence that the president has reposed in me which is a very strong political challenge.
“We have started in earnest. He has given me free hand to put cohesion, confidence and trust in the party.
“Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from.
“But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s telling the country,’’ Tinubu said.