The Presidency has on Monday night declared that President Muhammdu Buhari would seek a second term in office at the end of his first tenure, which would end in 2019 – vehemently dismissing assertions that ordinary Nigerians would abandon him.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in a strong worded statement made available to journalists.
He said: “Suggestions that the masses will desert President Buhari in 2019 was unfounded and utterly ridiculous.”
Shehu was reacting to a statement credited to a former member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, Alhaji Buba Galadima, that the President would be abandoned by the people in 2019.
Mr. Galadima had in an interview alleged that President Buhari would be abandoned by the people in 2019.
However, the Presidential spokesperson said:
“Ordinary Nigerians are the backbone of his mandate and the only reason he ran for the office is to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption, who have held Nigeria back for decades. Galadima’s calculation and prediction are utterly confused and misleading.”“The masses are solidly behind Buhari because he is not stealing their money and their future.
‘’President’s enormous goodwill remains ever strong because the people are convinced the President is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.”
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is far from isolation and he enjoys very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians; the relationship is as solid as the proverbial rock.
“If Buba Galadima thinks that because he has no role and no job in this government that means president is isolated, he is putting himself up to ridicule.”
“Galadima cannot speak for the masses as far as their steadfast loyalty to Buhari is concerned.