Top officials: Nigeria’s president Buhari will seek re-election in 2019

Nigeria’s president Buhari meets with Nigerian guests

LAGOS, Nigeria–The president of Nigeria, retired general Muhammadu Buhari plans to seek re-election for a second term in 2019, according to top aides on Friday.

Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the Government of the Federation, said Buhari has transformed and changed the image of the leadership of Nigeria both locally and internationally. Mustapha made the comments during a rally in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mustapha is so far, the presidency’s most senior official to speak on Buhari and 2019 re-election bid.   He told a rally that other presidential aspirants who are showing interest in the job have nothing to offer.

Despite rumors and Mustapha’s declaration, President Buhari has not officially announced his interest in contesting election again.  However, several groups have been urging him to run for the second and final term of office.

A former military general and ruler, Buhari came back to power through a democratic promising to end corruption and create opportunities.  So far, there is a mixed reaction from Nigerians across all spectrum regarding his performance.

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, in a special press statement last in January 2018, urged President Buhari not to run for a second term. This created a fall-out between Buhari and Obasanjo in recent weeks.

Former President center walks alongside aides at ceremony in Liberia

According to multiple reliable sources, Obasanjo has since been firing up the Coalition of Nigeria Movement, which is expected to transform into a party before the presidential and legislative elections in 2019.

Adebayo Shittu, the country’s minister of communications, said he is sure Buhari would run, after a meeting with Buhari a few weeks ago.

The country’s election commission has set a timetable which indicates that Nigeria is scheduled to hold general elections in February 2019.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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