Buhari's re-election bid: Minister slams Obasanjo, IBB, says they are not God

11 April, 2018, 12:33 | Author: Becky Perry
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A civil society organisation, OurMumuDonDo Movement, has condemened the re-election bid declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The group in a statement on Tuesday by its National Coordinator, Barrister Sunusi Musa said the decision of the president which he made known at the National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally removed Nigerians from the state of anxiety as a result of the silence of the President since the call on the president from various quarters to seek re-election came to the front burner.

"The President felt so happy and excited because of this unity in the party; he will now consider and also accept the appeal by several members of the society, party and everybody that he will contest the 2019 election".

It said that the president's declaration was reasonable and satisfactory, adding that his second term would make Nigeria stronger as well as preserve the tenets of democracy in the country. IBB is not God. When he was running in 2011 he said, yes he would be a president for one term.

A source in the presidency said those affected by Mr. Buhari's anti-corruption crusade were jolted by his decision to seek re-election, "forcing them to push panic buttons including renting a motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against the President on his arrival into the United Kingdom". So what he did yesterday was just a follow-up to what we had done about three months ago.

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He said the president had distinguished himself as his achievement in three years had surpassed what the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Nigeria in 16 years.

"For instance in the area of job creation for youths, no government has ever in one day employed 200, 000 graduates".

When contacted, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, said the protest would not distract Buhari from his mission in the UK. In the areas of transport, works and housing, the last budget of the PDP government was less than N20 billion and most of these monies were stolen; diverted to private pockets. So how do you compare?

"If there is anything on record like that it is a misquote because I was with him in South Africa when that issue came when he said, oh, he wished he had become president at the time he was a military governor, that he would have done a lot for Nigeria".

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