- President Muhammadu Buhari is eminently qualified to run for re-election in 2019
- This is the stance of a group in support of Buhari to suggestions that the president should step down
- However, a northern group has denied asking the president not to run
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has responded to the advice by Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) urging President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest the 2019 presidential election.
The BMO in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, May 23, described the suggestion as “ineffectual and untenable.”
The statement which was signed by its chairman, Austin Braimoh and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, stated that the coalition group’s position “does not hold water and runs contrary to reason as the Nigerian constitution does not in any way debar him from running for a second term.”
“President Buhari did not in any way contribute to the problems the country is now facing. Rather, he has been in the forefront of fighting corruption and other ills that have retarded the country’s growth and development.
“Even on the aspect of age, we need to remind the Coalition that age has never been a hindrance to good leadership, but in the case of President Buhari it has proved to be an advantage.
“It is also necessary to recall that recently the former Malaysian President Mahathir Mohammed was recalled from retirement to come and lead the country again at over ninety years, based on his antecedents and performance in office,” the group said.
The group also drew attention of the coalition to the various projects which it said the Buhari administration had started across the country, especially in the rail, road and power sectors.
“It is also important to point out the diversification programmes, anti-corruption fight and defeat of Boko Haram terrorists. All these achievements need to be sustained and consolidated in his second term.
“We therefore advise the coalition to rethink its position as President Muhammadu Buhari is focused on rebuilding the country for the good of all Nigerians,” the statement read.
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Meanwhile, contrary to reports, the coalition has denied advising President Buhari against seeking a re-election in 2019. The CNG on Wednesday, May 23, also denied asking former vice president Atiku Abubakar not to contest presidential election. The group described the report as misrepresentation.
Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, spokesman of CNG, said in a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday that the coalition did not discuss individual aspiration at its two-day summit in Kaduna as reported in the media.
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