Will Buhari run in 2019? Presidency, APC keep mum; minister says president indicated he would not contest

Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan
Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan

The presidency has refused to react officially to a statement credited to the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, that President Muhammadu Buhari had said he would not seek a second term in office.

Mrs. Alhassan had also said should the president decide to seek re-election, she would support her “godfather” – former Vice President Atiku Abubakar – against Mr. Buhari.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mrs. Alhassan told the BBC Hausa Service that Mr. Abubakar was her godfather and she would rather support him in the 2019 presidential elections.

She also added that President Buhari had not indicated interest in running.

“Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics. And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019,” Mrs Alhassan had said.

“Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba just like you know, I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather.’ If Atiku said he is going to contest.”

PREMIUM TIMES also reported how Mrs. Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, said she was not concerned about losing her job as minister over her comments.

“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah that my time has elapsed.

“Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been spreading it that if Baba sees this (my comments), I will be sacked.” Mrs. Alhassan said.

In a separate interview with Reuters, Mrs. Alhassan said Mr. Buhari had told some of his supporters that he would not seek a second term.

“In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019,” she was quoted as saying.

Mr. Buhari who has been dogged by a persistent undisclosed ailment that has seen him visit the UK in recent months has not made any categorical statement in the media on whether he would seek re-election.

PRESIDENCY KEEPS MUM

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the Senior Special Assistant, Media to President Buhari, Garba Shehu, on his mobile phone, he declined comments.

 ”I can’t comment on in it right now maybe some other time,” he said tersely.
PREMIUM TIMES contacted him a while later to see if he could change his mind.
 ‘‘Why can’t we focus on another thing like we are out of recession? Nigeria is out of recession,” he said.

Efforts to also get the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, to comment also met a brick wall.
In a short reaction via text message, he replied, ‘‘no comments.”

The ruling All Progressives Congress, the party Messrs. Buhari and Abubakar both belong, has also kept mum on the minister’s statements.

The APC spokesperson did not pick calls or respond to a short message sent to his phone.

Although both Messrs. Buhari and Abubakar have not publicly indicated their intentions in 2019, Mr. Abubakar is believed to be mobilising support across Nigeria for another possible shot at the presidency. He lost the APC ticket to Mr. Buhari in the build up to the 2015 election.

On Wednesday, he alleged that Mr. Buhari and the APC government had side-lined him despite helping the government to win the 2015 election.

Meanwhile, the minister, who is in the eye of the storm said she stands by her comments.

In a short reaction when she spoke briefly with journalists on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Mrs. Alhassan said she has said all that needed to be said in her interview with BBC Hausa.

‘‘No, I have no comment. What will I say now, I have said all in BBC Hausa. Get someone who speaks Hausa very well to translate it for you,’’ she said.

On her relationship with the president and fears she may lose her job, she said:

‘‘How will I know (on the relationship). I have not seen the President but I don’t think the president is a naive person.

God gives and God takes. That is all and I have said it all in Hausa. You know that there is an end to everything. Let the will of God be.”


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  • El Patron

    Buhari vs Atiku? Hmmm, I’ll curse myself but I’ll vote Buhari everyday of the week

  • yukkmouff

    APC going…..going……gone!! Lol!!!

    • Dan arewa

      Not yet APC is Buhari and Buhari is APC, unless he decides not to seek second term the elections is a win for Buhari and thats why is stoopit for her to make such a comment, to achieve what?

      • Frank Bassey

        “thats why is stoopit for her to make such a comment”
        Dan Arewa indeed. Is this English or Arabic?

        • share Idea

          Lol

  • Dan arewa

    This woman has zero O IQ, glad she didn’t make it a governor, godfather and then Allah the two dont come together, if Allah grants you leadership then you dont need a godfather, you do follow the leader that leads and pledge your loyalty to him and the country, just two years into first term she is already campaigning for ATIKU thats a distraction.She got to GO.

    • Frank Bassey

      Please shut up, if you don’t understand simple English. Does godfather equate with Allah? Why are you people so zero-wise.

    • Alhaji

      She needs godfather because allah is not God. Allah is one one of the Arabian gods that Mohammed coerces you to worship. if allah were God, how come Boko Haram, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Al Shabab, IS and Mamas are fighting for it? You can’t fight for a living Almighty God. He can fight for Himself, fight and protect you if you are not a murderer, a hypocrite, you worship him and commit no sins. You can’t worship him through jihad and murder.

      • marcos avelino

        You just need the smallest chance to start attacking muslims . You mention your god in this forum and jesus a thousand times nobody abuses you but when a muslim mentions his faith you go berserk.
        You hate the very word yr Yesu calls God with .. a typical compound ignorance of most christians

        Read this -> Yeshua cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”[Ηλει ηλει λεμα σαβαχθανι]–which means, “My G-d, my G-d, why have you forsaken me?” Matt. 27:46-49

        ELOI ELOI IS ARAMAIC which is same as ARABIC -> ILAHI ILAHI meaning o Allah o Allah . Yesua or Jesus in Greek spoke the aramaic which is a sister language ta arabic. So Jesus or Yesua or Eisa calls God ELAH OR ILAH AND ALLAH in yr very Bible and yet here you are showing bigoted ignorance and hatred and evil against those who are better than you and more knowlegable and guided.

        Aramaic = Elahi Elahi LIMA SABAKTANI = my Allah My Allah why have you left me
        ARABIC = ILAHI ILAHI LIMA TARAKTANI = my Allah My Allah why have you left me

        exactly same except sabaktani = taraktani only s for t !!

        How ignorant are christians followers of a religion made about Yesua but not the religiion of Yesua.

        As for fighting for God no religion has killed more people than christians. Between Hitler and Stalin two christians they roasted by bombs and butchered over sixty million people.

        READ this Verses in Numbers 31:1-54

        Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” So they went back and did as Moses (and presumably God) instructed, killing everyone except for the virgins. In this way they got 32,000 virgins

        Living in glass house yet throwing stones !!

        • Alhaji

          Read Matt. 5: 21, and Exodus 20:13. God says you must not kill. But when your brothers kill innocent people, they praise Mohammed and allah and waiting for 72 virgins. No Christians kill humans and praise Living God and Jesus. This is because Jesus did not wage war and kill like Mohammed. Besides, when I want to pray, I pray to God with my language, and God understands me. However, when you want to pray, you must pray in Arabic because allah will not understand you if you pray in Hausa, fufude, etc. Do you understand the difference, my friend? Leave allah for the Arabs and worship the living God. The #74billion you spend to stone Mohammed in Mecca every year can be used to create jobs, build hospitals, good roads and educate amagris in the north, It can be used for research in scientific projects so that your people can be the best people in Nigeria instead of parasites

          • marcos avelino

            Where was this your living Jesus for 1890 years. Above the southern nierian sky 1 km or 2 km up ?Wathing your animist pagan granfathers ? Why did he not com to save them until John Holt or Mr Liver Brothers no longer needed slaves but palm oil. What was this yr lin od jesus doin all this time in the sky ? Where was this yr jesus for 1900 years before the english came to find you worshipping your idols. The christians took yr coastal tribes as slaves to the amaericas for over 200 years. More than twenty million of your ancestors were tossed into the sea as either sick or dead for the sharks all this while jesus never bothered to save them ????? You are a christian not because jesus loves you but because the english no loner need your people as slaves on their plantations – machines have arrived what they needed was palm oil and rubber.

          • Alhaji

            Arabs started slavery if you know your history. Up til now you are still their slaves. That is why When Buhari took over from Jonathan, the first country he visited was Saudi Arabia to pay homage. That is why when you pray you have to face Mecca because Arabs’ allah will not see you if you face south. That is why you have to squander #74 billion to worship black stone in Mecca every year or they will kick your ass instead of using the money to alleviate your impecuniousness.If Mecca is holy as Arabs make you believe, why is it that when you come back, you become murderers, rapists pedophiles, bestiality and jihadists? Holy God does not support all these but your allah and Mohammd approve them. Worship the living God and spend your money in Kano. Stop being a hypocrite.

          • ed

            You nail the bastardized.

    • Factual Bob

      From what you’ve espoused,it can be deduced that your own IQ is not up to one (1) percentile of the learned Senator Alhassan. Don’t ever punch above your weight next time.

      • Sean

        You’re a looter sympathiser and a buffoon Bob!

        • Factual Bob

          It’s like you’re allergic to truth,and consternated by the powers of fertile minds to probe facts and engage in intellectual masturbation.

          • sab

            You knew Atiku is a looter but never set EFCC against him. That shows many of you in that gathering are beneficiaries of proceeds of crime.

          • Factual Bob

            I don’t give a hoot about Atiku,but the fact that we must recognize and accept the fact that as a citizen Aisha Alhassan has the right to express her own political opinion and choice.She was very clear in expressing her loyalty to Atiku Abubakar come 2019,and that’s not a crime.
            What she said openly is what most of your so called leaders are saying in private,but lack the courage to dare say it loud for fear of the unknown.
            Now,If Atiku is a looter as you allege,and is walking free,that’s an indictment of both past regimes and Buhari government. What has Buhari and his EFFC done about Atiku more than 2 years after assumption of office?
            We’ve heard of Diezani Madueke,Patience Jonathan,Olisa Metuh,Dasuki,but no mention of Atiku Abubakar.Could it be that Buhari and his EFCC are blind,deaf and dumb in matters concerning Atiku and Hausa-Fulanis like him or that indeed Atiku’s hands are clean? Please answer this last question.

          • Mr.Val

            What is Buhari waiting for before instructing EFCC to arrest and prosecute Atiku Abubakar if he looted the treasury as alleged? Most of you Nigerians believe sycophancy should remain the only job of ministers,senior politicians and other public servants.

    • Arabakpura

      What that woman saw sitting down, you may need a lather to see! I will follow you up when the realities begin to unfold!

  • Comfortkay

    Nigeria politician has no discipline, everyone just open their mouth forgetting to control their tongue, l thought Nigerian women are better than men in politics and now l could see why the men treats them always as second class. Sorry for all the women in politics.

  • AFRICANER

    I’ve just one test for Buhari…

    If he can recite Mary has A Little Lamb live on TV, I’ll support him to run again.

  • The issue is not whether Buhari said so in 2015 or not. Premium Times should ask this silly ugliest APC woman when did she become APC spokesperson. She should be asked why she is not allowing Buhari the respect to announce that decision? What is even more funny is Buhari hesitating in getting rid of this woman immediately.

    • Factual Bob

      Did Aisha Alhassan in any way insinuate speaking for APC? She courageously spoke her mind from her own personal conviction and on the merits of facts known to her.Why would she mortgage her conscience for scrumbs ?

      • Sean

        Well she was wrong in her assertions, Millions of Nigerians who voted Buhari will verily decide!

        • Factual Bob

          What was the averment please?

    • marcos avelino

      Why cant nigerians be civilised 100 years after the white man brought them out of the bush living a brutal jungle justice and animist life. You dont have to say silly ugliest APC woman ! Just comment without insult. This is democracy please and not primitive african jungle war!!

    • Sanssouci

      As regards Buhari firing her, I wouldn’t hold my breath, he has not shown the required decisiveness of a strong leader. If after the Magu debacle Lawal Daura of DSS can still be on his seat, I don’t see mama Taraba getting fired

  • Sean

    Mama Taraba couldn’t win Taraba and let it be known majority Nigerian put Buhari there with their votes, if Buhari decides he doesn’t want to contest, he must tell majority Nigerians that elected him not the selected few singing like parrots!
    Buhari must contest 2019 and God will give him good health! We don’t want looters like Atiku and Mama Taraba! It’s the voice of the people that matters not Atiku or Mama Taraba!

  • Dave

    In civilized clime, she should have resigned. You can’t express loyalty to your principal’s competitor and remain on board his cabinet. Just doesn’t make sense.

    • Du Covenant

      My broda, nothing makes sense in Nigeria where every logic is turned upside down. If she was fired, I bet how insults will be hurled at Buhari. I hope he does the needful and let her go to campaign for that stinkingly corrupt individual called Atiku. We shall see how she will force Nigerians to vote Atiku as President, never!. The man stinks of corrupt to the extent no one wants to be around him simple.

      • sab

        Yet he remains a leader in the so called gathering or party of the saints, isn’t it? Having helped you with the stollen funds to win election, you never realized he was corrupt until now he is opposed to your lying machine! Stop being clever by half!

        • Du Covenant

          Atiku did not help Buhari win any election in Nigeria. Ordinary Nigerians after going through hell for 16 yrs trusted and voted for Buhari. Atiku is part of the outrageous 16 yrs of decmocracy in Nigeria. Why must he be relevant in the Nigerian political space? why must we keep recycling old crooks in a country of over 170 million people?.

      • okenwa

        Listen to what the woman said. She said buhari said he will not go for second term so if buhari decides to go for second term then where is his integrity.

        • Du Covenant

          When did she become Buhari’s spokesperson?.

    • sab

      May be Mrs Aisha Buhari should have equally divorced PMB, isnt it?

    • Sanssouci

      Perhaps she took a cue from Lawal Daura who has set a precedent? I don’t know…. but for sure what she did is not anywhere near as disloyal as what Daura did in the Magu debacle, and yet not only is he still on his seat unperturbed, but he is one of the most powerful figures of the administration.

  • 0tile

    Buhari cabinet is hopeless. Don’t they know that once they announce to the world that they are no longer running they become instant lame ducks. Now people officially know that the cabinet members have become disenchanted and can’t perform anymore. Hopeless dummies.

  • kareem

    Does buhari look like someone who will even contemplate running in 2019????
    @premiumtimes; SHAME ON YOU! STOP DELETING COMMENTS!

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Officer Atiku became extremely rich by stealing Customs money, betraying Nigeria while occupying a position of trust. As Vice-president, he stole PDTF money shortchanging thousands of brilliant students acess to public-funded scholarship, mismanaged the privatization program and sold govt. assets to himself and cronies for peasants, was peddling for cash his high office to US Congressman and became a persona-non-grata in the USA. He has snowball’s chance in hell to ascent Aso Rock’s high pedestal!

    • sab

      Since he decamped from PDP to APC, you never realised nor called him a thief. He brought such stolen money to help APC topple PDP to occupy Aso Rock. Having benefitted from the proceeds of stealing, and never set EFFC against him all this while, are you not a partaker in the crime? Why do you now remember to label him as a criminal simply because he is aspiring for presidency come 2019?

      • • communiqué

        @ZacchaeusAkinleye:disqus

        There are now 28 million un-employed youths inside Nigeria today, a staggering figure
        equal to the entire population of Ghana; a neighbouring West African country –
        according to a latest official bulletin issued by the federal Nigerian Bureau of
        Statistics. The horrific jobless figure in Nigeria today is over half the whole
        population of Nigeria at independence on October 1st, 1960 and equal
        to all the human beings living in Ghana today.

        • Krai For Naija (K.F.N)

          @disqus_DiPvfe5Qul:disqus

          “Some apologists of All Progressive Congress (APC) who have come to
          accept the fact that voting for Buhari was a colossal mistake are quick to
          alleviate the guilt on their conscience by saying that they did not have a better
          choice between President Mohamadu Buhari (PMB) and former President Goodluck
          Ebele Jonathan. But this is smartness by half.

          They would not have had to choose between PMB and GEJ if they had voted
          their conscience during the primaries and not kowtow to the vagaries of
          mercantilist politicking. Even then, when one hears the kind of justifications
          being put forward for putting a man who did not graduate High School in charge
          of a country like Nigeria, one wonders a lot of things. A man who would be hard
          put to get a job as a gate-man was put in charge of the biggest economy in
          Africa. And we are all witnesses to the result of such an aberration”.

          ………………Remi Oyeyemi

          [May 3rd, 2017]

        • zacchaeus Akinleye

          I am not a member of any political party in Nigeria; only working to make the nation livable. And I am at liberty to present the facts as they are, and I challenge you to impeach them with proofs.

    • Daniel

      Should you allow Obasanjo’s brainwashing to choose you another incompetent leader, then you will have yourself to blame.

      Who is OBJ to accuse anyone of corruption? Who is he? Does he have integrity?

      Nonsense!

      Atiku for 2019! No other Northern candidate is more qualifies than him.

      • okenwa

        Even sani

  • Omooba

    BBC Hausa is definitely playing a very divisive and ignoble role in the country’s political affairs.

    • Daniel

      How? So you mean a sick man should go and recontest in 2019?

      So he will campaign from hospital bed?

      What is even his report card?

      You should be ashamed of yourself for such poor judgement.

      Stop being a fanatic!

  • AFRICANER

    “When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the Senior Special Assistant, Media to President Buhari, Garba Shehu, on his mobile phone, he declined comments”. – Premium Times

    Premium Times una no dey hear word. Buhari’s body language tells you that he is not ready for prime time, to be president, or dog catcher.

    Which one una dey say again? You been dey wait for press conference from a man that governs by body language? Oya make una dey wait nah.

  • Net Scrolls

    I don’t think Nigerians need Mrs Alhassan to tell them that President Buhari won’t seek a second term in office. Judging from the president’s performance in the last 28 months, can anybody expect to run again? Apart from his health issue, PMB brought nepotism to a level never seen in Nigeria by appointing northern Hausa-Fulani Muslims to all key positions. His claim to fighting corruption makes no sense because nepotism is part of corruption.

  • Madi

    What a shame! Just imagine the alternative to Buhari is Atiku? Really??? A man who has been part of the rot for over 17years? When will Nigerians really get serious? Is Atiku not as useless as Buhari?

    • Daniel

      Mention the Northern candidate more competent and astute politically than Atiku.

      Just mention the name.

      You and OBJ and co will not allow Nigeria to hire a prepared hand who can manage our many problems well.

      Your corruption blackmail against Atiku will fail this time.

      If I may ask :is OBJ accusing people of corruption clean?

      Yeye dey smell.