Why Buhari Have not declared his 2019 Ambitions-Presidency

By on March 19, 2018

President Muhammad Buhari had kept his party members in suspense on whether he will seek re-election in 2019, even though some prominent Nigerians such as former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, had advised him not to seek another term.

But the Presidency said if the President spoke too early about his ambition, it might give ammunition to unnamed opponents to throw everything at him and sabotage the country.

President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, in an interview in Abuja, weekend, said the President could not speak about his ambition now since the election in 2019 was still a year away because of the consequences that could follow if he declared his intention.

The presidential spokesman, who was asked when President Buhari will declare for 2019, said: “You know the peculiarity of Nigeria particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country.

“So, when you know that, why then do you speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage.” he said

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