Mama Taraba is on her own, Buhari’s supporters will ensure he runs in 2019 – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Some politicians, including ‘ministers and governors’ under the banner, ‘Buharists’ are working behind the scene to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari recontests the presidency in 2019, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed.

This is despite claims by Nigeria’s minister for women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, who said that Mr. Buhari promised to serve for just one term during a political meeting before the 2015 polls.

“In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one term 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 by Reuters.

The minister, popularly called Mama Taraba, had also during the week stirred the hornets’ nest when she said she would support the bid of a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar for the presidency, in 2019 even if Mr. Buhari decides to contest.

But on Friday, Mr. El-Rufai while addressing journalists at the State House after a meeting with President Buhari said efforts were on to ensure Mr. Buhari’s re-election in 2019 becomes a reality.

He also said Mrs. Alhassan had never been a supporter of President Buhari.

“We have a group. We have Buharists amongst governors, ministers. Our group wants to ensure that President Buhari runs in 2019. Our political ideology is to support whatever President Buhari wants to support. If he chooses not to run, he will tell us which direction to go.

“We are Buharists, we don’t have any personal ambition, we don’t have any personal aspiration and we are waiting for him to decide. And we are making every political effort and creating every structure to achieve this”

When asked on his opinion on Mrs. Alhassan’s controversial statements in the media lately, the Kaduna Governor said it was a known fact that Mrs. Alhassan was never in support of a Buhari presidency but that “she was entitled to her own opinion.”

The governor said that despite the minister’s support for Mr. Abubakar during APC primaries in 2014, she was nominated as a minister “because the President felt she earned the nomination, given the need to encourage women in politics and her impressive – though failed – run in the Taraba governorship election.”

“Many in Buhari camp did not support it (Alhassan’s nomination) but he (Buhari) overruled everybody because that is how he is. He tries to be inclusive, he considers every Nigerian as his own son or daughter and he nominated her to be minister.

“Her comments are not surprising, she has never been a supporter, she has never believed in the Buhari ideology. So, I am not surprised and as a Nigerian, as an individual, she has every right to express her views and support whoever she wants.

“But what I am saying is that Nigerians should not be surprised or shocked. This has always been her position because from time she has never supported ‘Buharism’ or what Buhari stands for. Being part of Buhari government is a different thing, because the government sets policies and if you are a minister, you execute the policies. You can execute those policies while pursuing a different brand of politics,” the governor said.

Mr. El-Rufai also denied having a presidential ambition.

“What I want to say here very, very clearly is that I have never been a presidential aspirant. I have never even been a gubernatorial aspirant. As far as 2019 is concerned, my position is that the president is looking very well. He is recuperating very fast. My hope and prayer is that he will contest in 2019,” he said.

The presidency is yet to make any comment on the raging controversy.


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  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    El-Rufai, you are on your own. Sensible Nigerians will not allow a sick, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari to lead 180 million healthy Nigerians who haven’t academic certificate baggage beyond 2019 (if he doesn’t die before then).

    • Powerlessconscious

      Sensible nigerians will not allow thieves to take over again. God bless baba.

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        Sensible Nigerians need to consider a better alternative. Whether we like it or not, Buhari is a sick old man and Nigeria is fast disintegrating along tribal fault lines under his watch. Yes he is fighting corruption and we appreciate that but for me, he lost any semblance of personal integrity but disappearing for 103 days and reappearing without a by-your-leave. His nepotistic tendencies are actually despicable. We need an alternative before 2019. Good man yes, means well for the nation, yes but just can’t deliver due to a sick body and lack of personal integrity.

  • Pointblankers


    Buhari is the worst president Nigeria has ever had; the least educated, the
    most dishonest, the most crooked, the worst mentally lazy, the most bereft, the
    most denuded of thought-process, and, the most inarticulate stammering Islamist
    bigot ever to enter the presidential villa flying Fulani tribe flag.

    • MamaHannatu

      Wow! You mean to say you reached this conclusion based on the presumption that Buhari flies the “Fulani tribe flag”? That says a lot about your judgement. That you would base your judgement of a person on his religion or tribe, says a lot about you. It’s sad.

      • Pointblankers


        What does Muhamadu Buhari use to pick appointees, if not Islam and northern region?

        This is why Nigeria is today rated at same level of corruption as it was under Jonathan.

        Global Corruption Index of 2017 says Buhari’s huff and puff have no impact on corruption.

        All said and done Nigeria remains on the same low spot as a corrupt country under Buhari.

      • FreeNigeria

        Buhari is a known bigot, he doesn’t hide it cos the old sick man doesn’t care. he cares more for cow than anyone outside his Muslim Fulani tribe.

    • Saleh Ngaski

      You see the problem with some of you is not Buhari but your hatred for a particular ethnic group and religion. Otherwise go through your write up again and mirror your self through the lines. Sure, Buhari is never guilty of any of those accusations in your write up. We have had a “PhD’ holder in the Villa what was the performance? Whether you agree or not, it is internationally recognized that Buhari’s integrity is not questionable. Save your frustration which is aptly projected in your write up because no amount of name-dropping will affect Buhari’s world rating. Kindly stop personal insults on his person and address issues. El-Rufai is entitled to his opinion about Buhari and any other issue in the country. He surely has supporters within and outside the country. Nigerians should be grateful that Buhari returned its respect among nations

  • Akin Johnson


    Nasir l-Rufai has bare thinking ability. He can’t think from premise to conclusion. His entire talk here lacks sense.
    He represents the tragedy of a typical Nigerian university graduate with a degree who can’t write any formal letter.
    With creatures like Nasir El-Rufai Nigeria has no chance of success since knowledge is power rather than bluster.
    A sensible human being will not overlook mass scale economic destruction wrought by Buhari’s near-ignorance.

    Or will a thinking person think like Sani Abacha, that Nigeria does not deserve improvement or any alternative at all.
    As far as Nasir El-Rufai is concerned a wretched status quo of 28 million un-employed youths under Buhari is okay.
    Nasir El-Rufai is attainted with corrupt self-interest of a tribalist type because there’s no silver lining under Buhari.
    Nobody who learnt anything in school will sanely queue to vote for a Primary Six certificate holder as his president.

    • Saleh Ngaski

      El-Rufai’s intellectual capacity is surely super and far above those you are working for. You cannot be talking about status quo because Nigeria has moved beyond its level before May 29 2015. Be sincere in you analysis and keep your prejudices aside. Anybody that refer to Buhari as ignorant is obviously the most ignorant person. You are probably not educated too if you believe that Buhari is a Primary Six certificate holder. You should use your level of education to analyse issues rather than being sentimental or rather ignorant

      • Sean

        You’re responding to imbeciles, desist pls else you waste precious time!

    • serubawon70

      Your void premise can only lead to a null conclusion. But then, a little grey matter is required to come up with a tangible premise

  • Bright Ezeh

    Buhari remains the best nigeria have now, only corrupt and brainwashed Nigerians hates president buhari

    • ubong

      President Buhari is going to give us new and better nation before he leaves. Same Nigerians will vote Buhari/Osibanjo come 2019 , if he chooses tp contest. Howeve, the game might change when it comes to votong representatives as national assembly member’s. Nigerians must ditch partyand votes credible people to work the President. 99 % of APC Governors and elected representatives are known nation looters of our commons wealth but rode on Buhari integrity to be elected or selected . 2019 is not going to be about party but people to work for the maess deboid of alphabet APC
      or PDP, if President Buhari/Osibanjo contest again.

    • FreeNigeria

      Please explain why he’s the best? if 125 years old sick man is the best we have to run our country, we are really really really in a HUGE mess more than we think we are.

      • Powerlessconscious

        How does age affect performance? when a young phd thief gej was there, what was the result? DISASTER IN ECONOMY.

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        By this Nigerians should know that APC have nothing good planned for Nigeria and Nigerians. They actually want to present a sick man for reelection? A man whose nepotistic tendencies has awakened all the sleeping giants of tribal and indigenous disaffection, a man who doesn’t care when Fulani herdsman are massacreing entire communities but will quickly send condolences to foreign powers when they experience less casualties, a man who will not engage or interact with his people, will not visit his constituents, a man who has been away from his duty post for more than 103 consecutive days and came back without any explanation, a man whose handlers think Nigerians are so gullible we believe the “rats at the Rock” story to explain why he has to work from home for the next 3 months, a man who granted is incorruptible but clearly lacks personal integrity and will not do the honorable thing and resign when he nows he cannot DO the job, a man that though aged and a geriatric will not plan for succession and groom a successor, a man who carries both “perfume and insecticide for the same destructive pest” depending on whether the pest is a housefly or a bush mosquito. I earnestly campaigned for APC at the last election. I was a “Buharist”. It was anything but PDP. I still feel PDP must never be allowed to rule again but APC has been a big disappointment. Nigeria is bigger than any individual. We need an alternative fast before 2019….these guys have nothing to offer Nigeria and if they stay in power Nigeria may split

    • emmanuel

      Buhari is morally bankrupt.



  • Sean


    • FreeNigeria

      name some of the progress please

      • Al

        Go sleep if you can’t spell out what we have achieved as a country in this little time, even those who are not nigeians know nigeria is recuperating fast. Even if the Govt can’t achieve everything at a time, at least nigeria has a genuine starting point

        • FreeNigeria

          Just name it na. Stop speaking grammar. You wrote all these and couldn’t name anything. educate my mind and brain jare with your government achievements.

          • Powerlessconscious



            GOD BLESS BABA.

          • FreeNigeria

            You’re delusional my fellow country man

    • MilitaryPolice01

      What does it mean to be a Buharist ?

      • Otile

        A big bigot.

  • Gidi

    At the end of the day, Buhari led government will be evaluated on performance — security, economics and development. All the political jostling won’t matter if Nigerians feel their future won’t be secured under his administration. The key question opposition we ask is “Are you better off now than 4 years ago?”

    Personally, I am a bit skeptical of Buhari running again. He will need to convince me why i should vote for him giving his old age, ailment and weak approach towards managing 21st century economy.

    I will gladly listen to opposition, but they will need to present credible argument, sound economic and security policies for them to win me over. Between, I am not willing to listen to anything from PDP because they have zero credibility on issues.

    Malam El Rufai, who i respect quite deeply, is free to exercise his prerogative by hitching his wagon to Buhari, but that is not enough to convince me to vote for Buhari again.

    • Powerlessconscious


      • Otile

        So bigotry doesn’t matter to you at all.

  • Solomon Brown

    Inclusiveness and the name Buhari do not go together. El Rufus can wish all he wants, but come 2019 we will be kicking all stooges of the west to the curb by any means necessary.

    • TruthBeSaid

      “Any means”?

  • MilitaryPolice01

    ‘Buharists’ ‘Buharism’ ‘Buhari Ideology’ – hahaha

  • Dazmillion

    El Rufai knows that Buhari does not want to, and will not be allowed to, contest in 2019 by the northern elite who feel short changed at being saddled with a sick Fulani president again. So what Mr El Rufai is doing to positioning himself to be anointed as the 2019 presidential candidate by the northern elite.

    When Buhari finals announces, in 2018, that he wont be runing in 2019, there will begin a frantic search for a northern Fulani presidential candidate and when Mr El Rufial is highlighted as a possible candidate, it would be said he is a very loyal man, that he was such a strong supporter of Buhari, remember in 2017 how he defended Buhari against that most treacherous Mama Taraba

    El Rufai is playing pure politics

  • Freedom Bini

    “The politics behind the President Remaining beyond May 29, 2019 couple with the his illness and old age reminds me of a fable chapter in one of the English Course series titled, Ali and the Angel which I read in primary School. In that book, there was a particular con man in a village called Ali. He told the villagers that he had an angel in his house that could only be seen by those who are not sinners. So anybody who went to Ali’s house without seeing the angel is regarded as a sinner. Ali only put a chair in a room with a pair of shoes which he claimed belonged to the angel.
    He told the villagers that anybody who was clean and sin free would see the angel but anybody who was a sinner would not see the angel but would only see his shoes. Because human nature is so deceitful that nobody wants to be called a sinner, those who visited Ali’s house to see the angel pretended to have seen him though none saw any angel. Each of the villagers would come out and tell the next person that he saw the angel”

  • Frank Bassey

    People like El-Rufai and the so-called Buharists know what they are gunning for. Look at this:
    1. Shaibu Musa
    – MD, NNPC Medical Services
    2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit
    3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
    4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy
    5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research &
    6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
    7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
    8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning
    & Strategy
    9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing
    10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical
    11, Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining
    12.Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining
    Petrochemical Co
    13.Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
    14.Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment
    NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.
    Where are the oil-producing states?

    • emmanuel

      This is why restructuring is over their dead bodies and they would all die with the already dead Nigeria

  • emmanuel

    God forbid. A ghost cannot lead the living.
    Buharis rigging machine is now in disarray. Unfortunately, if the man survive till 2018 primaries, he cannot venture engage in party campaign.
    I beg make una tell us another story


    These are the ones who consider Nigerians morons, they want to install Sultan Buhari to rule over the 200 million mumu caliphate where anything goes . NIGERIA SORRY !!

  • curseless

    Those that have much to gain are the ones beating the drums for Buhari to run in 2019 and the question is which is better, Buhari’s health and sanity or returning to intensive care? Power can be intoxicating come to think of it for it be-clouds every sense of reasoning.

  • Intrepid

    El rufai’s own comments against Buhari and other military leaders.

    ”Pa Muhammadu Buhari (72) is the only Nigerian senior military officer

    that failed all the senior examinations in the history of Nigerian


    If you check the official names of officers likes of IBB, Idiagbon, Diya,

    Danjuma, Akhigbe, Abdulsalami, Aikhomu. etc you see a suffix, FSS, Psc,

    MNi., Pa Muhammadu Buhari has none. He failed the Command and Staff

    College exams and all other Military examinations (Psc means Pass staff

    college),” El-Rufai was quoted to have said. He has not denied those


    In 2011, El-Rufai in an interview with Journalist said “I was 25 years old

    when Buhari and Babangida were Heads of State and I am now 50 and they

    still want to be Head of State. I don’t understand that. I don’t

    understand that at all and I call on the young people of Nigeria to take

    their future into their hands and ensure that in the next election, they

    vote for a new generation of leaders.

    • ed

      El Rulai is cheap political opportunist.
      He flout with the wind. Wherever the wind blows El Rufai will be waiting.

  • emmanuel

    The woman is not different from El-Rufai the slimy politician. Around May 13, 2014, he insisted that Buhari was a spent force and a liability to the APC and must be trashed. A day, after, Buba Marwa said same thing.
    The same El-Rufai is today saying he is a Buharist. He is a big fraud and will not win Presidential primaries anywhere.
    If he likes, he should go pack the Queen of England poop, he cannot have more than KadunaS state Government house again. He tried creating the impression of the UK support for his presidency when Tony Blair came to visit him about a month and half ago.


    Will these so-called born to rule northern/hausa-fulani men criminally reaping oil money and oppressing the oil owners force Buhari to run if his doctors advise him not to and he takes into account his age and health then rest with his family? I could not agree more with this lady as she could be right. power grabbing and niger delta oil drinking men such as El-Rufai will look for ways to disappear and would not find one when mama taraba shall prove him wrong. I had indeed thought alongside this woman that Buhari may manage till end of his first tenure where possible and rest therefrom when considering the rigor that is politics and especially this era where the Buharis of this world can not expressly dictate but curve to some pressure unlike in military regimes.

  • walejohnson

    Yes PMB must run his second term, even if he is disable and on a wheel chair. He must finish what he started – to fight corruption to a stand still. For mama Taraba, she wants attention and publicity and she is getting them both left and right