The senator-elect for Kaduna-Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan is no hero. Specifically, Sani said it was wrong to attribute heroism to Jonathans decision to accept defeat and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari after he lost the March 28 presidential election. Jonathan had been commended by a cross-section
of Nigerians for averting a possible crisis through his action but Sani said on his official Facebook page that no one should be over-praised for doing the right thing. Sani, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, also said it was wrong of Nigerians to praise mediocrity. He said, In India, Europe and the Americas, when a President or a Prime Minister loses an election, he simply hands over to the winner and no one commends or praises him for doing so. In Africa, we call those who lose and hand over heroes and we shower praises on them for doing what they are supposed to do. Why dont we call people who obey traffic lights heroes? The senator-elect called on the newly inaugurated governors to probe their predecessors that owed civil servants salaries. He said, Governors who inherited heavy debt burden must constitute panels of experts with terms of reference to verify the debts and move towards recovering stolen public funds from ex- officials. It will be intolerable for the new governments to grant amnesty to thieves and then introduce painful economic measures which will further exploit and impoverish the masses in the name of raising the revenue profile of the states. Sani urged Buhari not to surround himself with the same people that Jonathan did so as to avoid making the same mistakes as Jonathan. He said, The rent-seeking Nigerian bourgeoisie, commission agents, import gurus, champions of waivers and captains of government- dependent private sector, who aided Jonathan in piloting the economy to perdition, are now swarming around President Buhari. Our President should shake their hands with sterilised gloves and dine with them with a very long spoon.