The Nigerian presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not under pressure to drop his re-election bid ahead the 2019 election.
The presidency was reacting to a story published Tuesday by Daily Independent Newspaper.
The spokesperson to Mr Buhari, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the story with the headline, ‘Pressure mounts on Buhari not to seek re-election,’ is a work of “fiction parading as news”.
He said the story claims that foreign powers, including the European Union, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, are putting pressure on Mr Buhari not to seek re-election, “due to some concocted reasons”.
The president’s spokesperson said if there are quarters in which Mr Buhari is held in very high esteem, and the work he is doing for Nigeria highly lauded, it is in the countries mentioned in the story.
“Some of them are equally bastions of democracy, and will not interfere in the democratic affairs of a sovereign country. The newspaper should simply tell its story to the marines he said.
He also said Mr Buhari is not a “flippant or frivolous individual.”
He said the president gave deep thought to the prospect for seeking re election, before announcing his bid for a second term in office.
“It is only those who fear that their goose would be cooked, if they meet with him at the polls, that are trying to dissuade him from running by all means, including sponsored newspaper stories,” Mr Adesina said.