Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has taken a jibe at the US and Europe over their role in Nigeria’s upcoming elections.
Mr Kyari, in an article published by THISDAY on Thursday, accused the world powers of having a selfish agenda while also claiming they want free and fair elections.
“These players have failed. They are angry but they have not yet given up. They have some unlikely allies. Our traditional friends in the US and Europe say they want nothing from Nigeria except free and fair elections. But if you look at what their representatives here actually do rather than what they say, the unmistakeable signs of a quite different agenda are plain to see,” Kyari wrote.
He did not leave out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the attack. He accused Atiku of being part of the reason for the decline in the nation’s wealth.
“This failure goes beyond individuals or particular political parties, although it is true that our decline accelerated under the PDP after the end of military rule in 1999, a betrayal that Atiku Abubakar and many of his allies hope forlornly to revive and celebrate,” he wrote.
The President’s chief of staff also re-emphasised the APC’s stance on foreign interference in the elections, saying: “There should be no interference from any quarter, including foreign powers who say one thing but do another – exactly the formula that their friends here have employed for years to bring us so close to despair.”