Buhari hints at seeking re-election in 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari during the  Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election
President Muhammadu Buhari during the Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the clearest hint so far that he will seek re election in 2019.

He gave the hint in far away Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire where he is attending the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit.

He was accompanied on the trip by a leader of the governing APC, Bola Tinubu, and governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi states among others.

The president arrived late to an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire Tuesday night and said he had to wait for the two governors to accompany him to the meeting because of their electoral value.

“First I want to apologise for keeping you for too long sitting, this is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting.

“This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians, if you tell them that their governors were in the company of the president, I think that will be another vote for me in the future. I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up,” Mr. Buhari said to thunderous laughter and clapping by the audience.

I AM FOR EVERYBODY

Mr. Buhari had during his inauguration on May 29, 2015 stated that he will be for everybody as well as for nobody.

He reiterated that position on Tuesday, saying that was responsible for his support of Akinwumi Adesina to emerge as the President of African Development Bank, AfDB, despite serving as a minister in a PDP-led administration.

Mr. Buhari was reacting to Mr. Adesina’s remark earlier expressing gratitude for the support he received in his bid to emerge as the AfDB president.

Mr. Buhari had shortly after assumption of office dispatched former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to lobby President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to support the candidature of Mr. Adesina, a move that was key in getting the former Minister of Agriculture the job.

Mr. Adesina is the first Nigerian to head the continental bank since it was set up in 1964.

“The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), who forgot to mention that he was serving in the PDP government as minister but all the same I picked him and recommended him for AfDB.

“I think it emphasised what I said during my swearing in that I am for everybody and I am for nobody. As long as you are a Nigerian, be prepared to be on the receiving end from me,” the president said.

Mr. Buhari also told the audience that he just received “a beautiful piece of information” from Mr. Tinubu which he was never aware of. He thanked the APC leader for the information.

He however, did not disclose what the information was.”

“I also thank our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He has brought me a very beautiful piece of information, which I was not aware of it until I sat down and read it this evening (Tuesday night). Thank you very much for your hard work and I will discuss that paper with you.”

Mr. Adesina in his remarks noted that the the Nigerian economy picked up soon after Mr. Buhari’s health challenges appeared over, adding that “so it seems there is a correlation between the President’s health and the improved economy.”

On security, Mr. Adesina said the bank has released $250 million for the construction and rehabilitation of the North-east, destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents.

He also said the AfDB has constructed a big building behind the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, which will serve as its office in Nigeria.

He said it is the first of such buildings by AfDB outside its Abidjan headquarters, which he will want President Buhari to commission.

“I want to thank you immensely. I want to thank God for your health because I must say that for all of us that has been a big concern. But seeing you fit as a fiddle and seeing you back in action, we thank God for that and may God continue to give you great strength.

“Mr. President as you must have noticed, there is a very strong correlation between your health and the economy and when you came back the economy picked up after that. So we wish you great health so that the the economy can continue to pick.

“I also want to congratulate you for the economic growth and recovery plan that you have put in place and the incredible plan that you have put in place to bring the economy out of recession and also in terms of the fact that Nigeria has moved up in the World Bank ease of doing business index.

“It is to your leadership, vision and commitment that we want to from the African Development Bank commend you, Mr. President, and to assure you of our strong support behind you and your government for the efforts to try and move Nigeria forward. We are solidly behind you, you can count on that.

“I also want to thank you for your leadership on the Boko Haram issue because to draw investments into Nigeria, you absolutely have to have security.

“I think that securing our borders is very very important thanks to your leadership for that. I also thank you for all the efforts you have made in the Lake Chad Basin Area.

“I was with you in Paris where you led the efforts in reviving the Lake Chad Basin. As you know Mr. President, the bank is very strongly behind that. We put in $250 million to support the North-east of Nigeria rebuilding. I know you were criticized for rebuilding but I don’t see anything wrong, if things get destroyed they have to be rebuilt and the African Development Bank has contributed $250 million towards that,” Mr. Adesina said.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:ADVERTISE HERE! CALL 07088095401


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Bassey Frank

    Mmmh! Has he consulted his UK Doctors?

    • Peaceometer

      Yes, Bhuari is good to go by God’s grace.

  • yetunde onigbogi

    The best thing that can happen to this country is for president Buhari to re-contest and continue his good work. Nigeria will certainly be great again.

    • Really

      Indeed, Buhari will certainly break up the country.

      No doubt!

      • Peaceometer

        What do you see?

        • Really

          A president of an un-existing Country.

          Period

      • wode

        The worst has passed. He would probably get more votes than that of 2015. Mark my word!

  • thusspokez

    President Muhammadu Buhari has given the clearest hint so far that he will seek re election in 2019.

    I doubt it. His health problems will overcome him. But this hint can be a good strategy for discouraging potential presidential aspirants who will otherwise start jostling for position and politicking; and consequently disrupt daily government business and focus.

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      His health problems will overcome him.
      —–
      Are you God? Look at how you typed it with certainty. Let’s leave his health aside and challenge him on issues. Life is funny, the man may live longer than some of us his constructive critics, that is why we disagree with him on facts, truths and sincerity so that when our time comes we can defend ourselves before the Almighty.

  • emailofemi

    Buhari calling Tinubu “our leader”

    • Peaceometer

      Is Tinubu not a leader?

  • Netanyahu

    If Nigerians, particularly Christians choose to support this religious bigot beyond 2019, that is their wahala. Nobody should come to complain here again O. God forbid bad thin that this skeleton jihadist will be around till 2023.

    • Sam

      Pray you are there to witness 2023.

    • Tunsj

      Please think twice before posting this garbage.

    • Peaceometer

      Man proposes! so you are campaigning for Christian folks who are less thinkers. Probably you may not get any.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Don’t mind the buffoon, he will end up voting for Atiku the “Christian”.

    • whereto

      This is a tragic post. One wonders whether you are of sound mind. Really tragic.

  • Fizzy

    Can Nigeria withstand another four years of lacklustre, below-par, mud sliding, 95%-25%
    quota regime? God forbid!

    Of what benefit is having a regime which deceived the whole into believing it would
    fight corruption holistically, only to get to power and now doing the opposite.
    Buhari’s corruption campaign has been selective and deliberately targeted at
    opposition members. Only recently Bola Tinubu said ex-President Jonathan got
    gold medal in corruption. In a sane world, people like Tinubu will be behind
    bar by now. After he has pocketed Lagos, converted the state to his personal
    purse, the shameless man still has the gut to accuse another man of being
    corrupt. It’s shameful. Most people will say Buhari is not corrupt, but people
    around him are soiled in dirty dealing. The involvement of AGF Malami, Interior
    Minister Dambazzau in the reinstatement of Maina is still very much fresh. Now
    Buhari will pretend as if nothing serious has happened. Why has EFCC, up till
    now, not been able to arrest former SGF Babachar Lawal? Ironically another
    former SGF Anyim is still in EFCC custody.

    Let this old cargo go and rest, we’re tired of his gross cluelessness. Nigeria, sure has
    better options, better brains than you. Ruling Nigeria is far more than sitting
    in one spot like a dummy and old fuddy-duddy. We need a more pragmatic leader.

    • Peaceometer

      If really Tinubu stole Lagos state’s money and was not prosecuted by government of Jonathan, then GEJ has PHd in corruption, masters in ogogoro. Nigeria is now on the road to recovery after MAN years of mismanagement, sharing, and different gates. Haba!

      • thusspokez

        …not prosecuted by government of Jonathan

        You are an ignoramus who has no clue how your government works. Presidents do no prosecute fellow citizens — it would indeed be an abuse of due-process. Prosecuting first-class looters like Tinubu is the responsibility of the agencies which were created by Act of Parliament to enforce the law.

        • Peaceometer

          So, that means no agency was working well during GEJ PDP regime. It’s unfortunate, stealing not corruption and oil business was oily. Thieves

  • Fizzy

    A word for
    Bola Ahmed Tinubu!

    At last the Jagaban has now found his voice after he was used and dumped for nearly three
    years – and left to wander aimlessly in political wilderness. Now another
    election is getting near, and suddenly they have realized he is an asset and as
    such, he is now being taken around the world like hand bag. There is a saying
    that “…once beaten, twice shy”. He’s now being called “Our Leader” – Shameless politicking.
    He should know that he has no moral credential to call another man corrupt.
    This is because everything about Bola Tinubu is corruption. The next blow he is
    going to receive after this unholy alliance is what will eventually send him to
    his grave. He should watch my word. He should have known that these his
    beautiful brides knew what he can do; they knew he is cunning, and that his appetite
    is insatiable. Little wonder they ringed him out of relevance.

    A word is enough for the wise.

    • Peaceometer

      Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at no time have problem with the presidency nor the party. Please no propaganda..
      Sai Bhuari.

  • Uzoma John

    Gaa niru PMB. No alternative to you for now amongst the present crop of thieves called politicians.

    • Sherrif Don Jos

      Mumu !!!

      • Uzoma John

        Sense man. I don see where your sense lead you reach. IPOB personified. Ndi ara.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Shame on you

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            A bigger one on you, bigot.

        • Screw-em

          Great igbo man.

          • cheky

            He’s now a great Igbo man but you will never spare him nor his ilks when you want to abuse/marginalize or even kill the Igbos. The (alleged) leaked tape between Shettima and Amosun on my mind.

        • Alfred Aye

          This is another face of propaganda: register an account bearing Ibo’s name and speak against themselves as though most Ibos have had the most expected dividend of inclusiveness. Wonders shall never end, they said!

          • Uzoma John

            Mechie onu. When did you start commenting online? When did you sign on to Disqus. Internet rat. You think I’m like you corrupt lot who hide under different guise to comment online. Abum nwafo Igbo. Ina anu? Who are and where are you from. Devil’s advocate, Nwa ogwugwu oge.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Actually, Uzoma John has been around long before you showed your odious presence online.

            The problem with imbeciles like you is the belief that one’s ethnicity must dictate their political leanings.

            Grow up, we don’t all fit into a mold.

          • Uzoma John

            Don’t waste your precious time on those compromised imbeciles. I’ll always put them in their places.

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan

    Clueless and certainly useless. Who wants to experience more mystery for another 4 years? Since you came 91 Nigerians have committed suicide with 77% of them leaving suicide notes and identifying intolerable economic situation as reason for their action. The remaining 23% most likely acted for same reason. By July 2017 Nigeria had become the leading country in terms of citizenry suicides. Dollar – Naira rates now oscillates between N370 – 390 and much more in the parallel market. Education is dead. Industries non-existent. Environmental pollution in Niger Delta far worse than ever before. More youths dying in the Mediterranean as they flee corruption, oppression, brutality and economic hardship. Sports men and women deserting country and taking foreign citizenship. Those who win competitions must stage a sit-in at hotels before they are paid. Terrorism has become a state tool for political relevance. Nepotism and mediocrity exalted beyond imagination. Agitations for secession are rifer than ever before. Mass killings by soldiers for any civil protests abound. No European leader or American or Asian leader/head of state visits Nigeria. They visit Africa and ignore Nigeria because no one wants to associate with a terrorist loving leadership that came to power through proxy attacks of Islamic terrorists. The dumb, clueless and brainless make decisions and the blind lead the sighted. Are these what Nigerians will want to put up with in another 4 years? God forbid!

    • Observer

      You hit the nail on the head. Thanks.

    • Okakuoofbenin

      In the country of the blind according to Fela, na one eyed man be king!!

  • Sherrif Don Jos

    Anybody Supporting Buahri , May Your Life, with that of Your Family be like APC Government …. Shout Am……!!!

    • Uzoma John

      Loser. I say Amen. It is you thieves who are fighting tooth and nail to derail this Govt that means well for Nigerians. Ndi omekome. Abali diegwu.

      • Sherrif Don Jos

        @Uzoboy:disqus I don’t blame you. How did this government means well for you. Tell me one area they change your life. go to schools ,hospital , banks ,and see massive exodus of our intellectuals .
        Compare the prices of this items before than now
        *Fuel
        *PHCN tarrif.
        *Rice, beans, garri, groundnut oil
        *diesel
        *Building materials etc…
        If truly you an Ibo man, i’m just sorry for you. your brothers @ the North , just ask them what they are passing thru..
        It’s only fools like you, because of peanuts you re getting that you are selling and mortgaging your future.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          The problem actually resides inside your head for thinking that his ethnicity must dictate his thoughts.

          You’ll be better off discarding your myopic focus on life and expanding your horizons beyond the village wall where your village “winches” have tied you down like a goat.

          • Sherrif Don Jos

            If he hides under that, it’s not yours or mine business. But may your life be as this government of the day.

      • whereto

        His frustration is set for a lengthy extension. no surprise at his hysteria.

    • Sherrif Don Jos

      It’s only Blind followers that will support Buhari..
      The most Corrupt , Useless and Clueless President ever elected in Nigeria. All Promises Cancel. Full of scam .

      In security , for three years now ,Fulani herdsmen has been empowered by this Government . They kill , destroy and burn . No single arrest till date. For the first time in Nigeria history , Fulani herds men will go to South West , South East and South South, kill and destroy anybody that raises alarm on their farm. Yet Police , Army , DSS, etc will not arrest any single soul.

      In corruption , chai !!! PMB is a scan. the latest is the #MAINAGATE , where the maina blows whistle on how they will recover some money . What happen, they accepted the Maina offer and turn back to him. The next this that they start threatening him. Just like the Whistle Blowers , till date None of them have been paid.
      Where is Babachir Lawal , former SGF ,till date no single arrest on him. What of NNPC Scandal , IG of Police scandal , Abba Kyari scandal , State House Clinic Scandal , Budget Padding , IDP Scandal , NHIS scandal , NAHCOM Scandal , all of this people heading this agencies are under Deodorant , like Senator Shehu Sani will say. But once you are on Opposition , they will Use Insecticides on you …Like all former …service Chiefs , ex-NSA ,Ex- SGF ,they re on Ex-DSS , and Ex-NIA .

      The last time Nigeria has a president is during Obasanjo regime. Yar’dua could have try , but his health deteriorated. Then cabal came in , during GEJ, he have the best Hands , thou still Hijacked . But this time around, the president doesn’t his left and right , and worst surrounded himself with Religious bigots , tribalism and sectionalism.

      We the Middle belt are waiting for him come 2019 !!!

      • Love

        thank you (sheriff don) I wish we can have 10 of people like you in this country who is ready to say the truth whoever who is involved thank you,those people praising him can you please mention an specific project this administration has don since coming to power or is it the increase in price of goods an service or the high rate of killing by headsmen which the president pretend not to no any thing about or even curbing it,but descend so low in killing innocent bafrian in peaceful protest, come 2019 we are not going to make that mistake we make 2015 in election

      • Chibuike Obiechina

        Trutalk

  • dami

    While Buhari and the APC are at least trying to consolidate on their coalition to stay in power the opposition is bickering among themselves and disparaging other ethnic and religious groups – make no mistake about it without a strong coalition Buhari will win re-election.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    As at this stage, in Nigeria, executing restructuring of our economy and diversification of our formerly oil based revenues source to agriculture and natural resources base revenues base, president Muhammadu Buhari, must seek re-election if his health dictates to him that he could withstand the rigour of being president of a Nigeria, facing multiple fiscal/economic and social challenges and the focus approach of focusing our capital resources on the continuing development of our needed critical attaining regular power supply in Nigeria, as without attaining regular power supply, Nigeria, shall remain a protracted under-developed nation.
    Also, after attaining regular power status, our medical facilities must be the focus of our capital resources in order to develop our medical facilities as any nation lacking modern healthcare facilities and retraining of our medical-Doctors and Nurses as well as acquiring state of the art medical machines-for diagnosing and treating various ailments to avoid travelling oversea by our president and top public officials and state governors and eminent Nigerians.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    @Dr Pat mumuwole Awosan: You are a viciously satanic impersonator who is doom to meet his unending ruin at the end. May your days be pitch-dark and most slippery, in Jesus name,amen, for impersonating me in this forum..

    • Observer

      The more I read comments from both of you the more I begin to see you as the impersonator.

  • Jon

    Tear down this ugly unitary system that benefit the Hausa/Fulani parasites where the whole South are now slaves to the parasites. The South wants to be equal partners in a united one Nigeria. Restructure now or De-amalgamate, Choose one, you parasites.

    • MNO

      I’m a southerner and I don’t consider myself a slave to anyone. If you are, deal with it & not blanket all southerners as slaves.

      • Jon

        If you think you are an equal partner in the Nigeria project with the parasites, you need some schooling to do.

    • thusspokez

      Dear illiterate, Nigeria is a federal system. Aguiyi-Ironsi tried to turn it into a unitary system, but was killed before he could.

  • wode

    I am surprise that some people were still waiting for this type of sign before they know that the President is re-contesting. The confirmation has been there just before he returned from UK. Whoever was not aware of that should consider him or herself politically naive.

  • Screw-em

    All hail Sai Baba Buhari, the conqueror of the scumbags from Uganda known as Biafrauds. You will trash and beat the living hell out of your detractors to a pulp when and if you decide to run again. They are no march, your shadow alone is enough to floor the destabilising forces spearheaded by thier little god’s such as Kwanu, Ayim, secondus,Ekweremadu et al. They are delusional and a disgrace to humanity and will all be humiliated in due time.

    • Mizch

      Let monkey pox attack you on behalf of all those you insult.

  • kai kai

    2019 Presidential election is not going to be conducted on social media platforms but at polling stations. Many of us that keep saying PMB won’t win the next election do not have PVC, and even if they have will not come to vote on election day.. May i remind you guys that election is a very big business in the north that is why even children are mobilized to vote. After Feb, 2019, social media tigers will continue their complaints while PMB will be at Aso Rock presiding.

  • Omoba

    What we did to GEJ 2015 is what Atiku will face come 2019.Atiku cant even compete with PMB.pls tell Atiku to visit USA first lol…

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    As long as illiterate Muhammadu Buhari can present a bona fide WASC, he is at liberty to contest. NEPA bill will not be acceptable this time around.

  • Mizch

    Let PMB change the Constitution and make himself life president. That will spare us the stress of election campaigns and save costs of election itself. Let him rule until he dies so that Nigeria will die with him, whenever.

  • share Idea

    It is only in Nigeria that a sitting president not encumbered by constitution from contesting that people will be looking for signs to know if the president would re-contest. Buhari will re-contest except if he has health challenges but winning is a different thing.

    So many factors can work in his favour, and the same time, some many factor can work against no matter the level of rigging deployed by APC. Politics is not mathematics where 1+1 equals 2.

    • Gbabe!!!!!!

      @shareidea:disqus

      Truth is that anyone with Primary Six
      certificate as best evidence of schooling can be deluded to believe that he is
      the best invention after sliced bread, and threaten to run again for president,
      in the befuddled belief that voters want economic recession, ignorance and
      inarticulate leadership without any sense, knowledge or gumption. It is for the
      people to rise up and vote against such deluded fellow and show him the way
      out of their battered lives without further delay since illiteracy is a bane and a
      burden.

    • Sir Louis

      This is apt. You have spoken the minds of many. Another term for Buhari might signal the end of the Republic. The man cannot be trusted. The suffering of ordinary Nigerians under him is legendary..

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      If APC were to be like your PDP, would it not have kept “sweeping” elections conducted under this admin?

      Just so that you are happier, most Governors, PDP’s included, will support Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

  • Jon

    Tear down this ugly unitary system that benefit the Hausa/Fulani parasites where the whole South are now slaves to the parasites. The South wants to be equal partners in a united one Nigeria. Restructure now or De-amalgamate, Choose one, you parasites.

  • Sir Louis

    President Buhari lacks integrity and cannot be trusted. He told Nigerians at his inauguration that he is for everybody and for no body, only for him to turn round to put in place the most nepotic, tribalistic and exclusive pro- Fulani administration ever in the nation’s history to the shock of all who voted for him and even fair- minded and patriotic Fulani people in the country. The man is no good. The God of the unemployed and hungry people of Nigeria will nullify his re- election hallucinations.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      You can keep lamenting if it makes you happy, but those of us who supported Buhari remains unflinching in our belief in him.

      It’s only your incessant desire for instant gratification that’s holding back your reluctant admiration for a President who has clearly raised the bar of governance.

      Whilst you bemoan your terrible fate, foreign investors have voted with their money and made Nigeria its top choice destination in Africa.

      Long may you continue to wail.

  • Mr. Abdin

    This is good for our democracy that was why the likes of Atiku have no option but to resign from the ruling party.

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    Cheers bro, I know we belong to different political schools of thought as it stands today, but I know that you are decent fellow and sincere about wishing the best for Nigeria.

    Regards.