Nigerians will not dump Buhari in 2019, Presidency replies Buba Galadima


Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has dismissed the assertion that the masses will desert President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, describing it as “unfounded and utterly ridiculous.”

Mr. Shehu, who was reacting to a media interview granted by former CPC member, Buba Galadima, said that ordinary Nigerians were the backbone of Mr. Buhari’s mandate “and the only reason he ran for the office is to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption who held Nigeria back for decades.”

Mr. Galadima had in an interview alleged that President Buhari would be abandoned by the people in 2019.

However, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, said Mr. Galadima’s calculation and prediction “is utterly confused and misleading.”

He said the masses were solidly behind Mr. Buhari “because he is not stealing their money and their future.

“The President’s enormous goodwill remains ever-strong because the people are convinced that he is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.”

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is far from isolation and he enjoys very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians; the relationship is as solid as the proverbial rock.

“If Buba Galadima thinks that because he has no role and no job in this government that means president is isolated, he is putting himself up to ridicule.”

Mr. Shehu stated that Mr. Galadima was not in the position to speak for the masses as far as their steadfast loyalty to Buhari was concerned.

While acknowledging that Mr. Galadima was entitled to advance his own political agenda, the presidential aide said Mr. Galadima did not have the right to decide for ordinary voters.

Mr. Shehu recalled that Buba Galadima’s disagreement with President Buhari was based on principle, saying that President Buhari was committed to level playing field and would not want anyone to link his name to injustice.

The Presidential aide also recalled that Mr. Galadima’s disagreement with Buhari started in 2011 “when a group within the party orchestrated an organisational mess by which the CPC embarked on the imposition and substitution of candidates for cash payments at the expense of those duly and democratically elected.”

He said the President was embarrassed by the incidents and complaints about the imposition and substitution of candidates, adding that he, as a democrat, would not suppress the will of the people to please selfish interests.



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  • abodes_124

    out of the mouth of babes

  • B. Messi

    “He is yet to tell me but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN.” -Aisha buhari

  • Nta Ekeng

    You might be pushing ur luck too far.

  • Kudo

    It is more of INEC will not dump Buhari. The election will be rigged.

  • Taiwo

    I was one of his supporters and I’ve already abandoned him. Why should I wait till 2019?

    The truth is this: if oil prices are still as they were, say $100/barrel, Buhari will probably be able to record a few achievements. The current economic situation requires a leader with broad mind, imagination, foresight, international clout and political astuteness. The current president lacks all these essential qualities. His role at the moment is to fill in the gap, following the disastrous Jonathan era, till 2019 when a new president will emerge.

    With the Presidency’s response, everyone should now understand that Buhari is trying to “sanitise” the judiciary, not primarily because of corruption but to install his own people and instill fear so that they will validate the 2019 presidential election that he plans to rig. I don’t see how he will succeed with this plan without ending up like Jonathan or even worse.

    • Dagashhh

      He has already succeeded and must complete his 2 terms regardless of your inconsequential vote. It is either you swallow it or you lump it! We are happy to see Tinubu cry for a longer period and eventually end up in one of the prisons in the North. If you start to protest in Mushin or Agege, then get ready to be flushed.

  • Goodfellow

    The good people of Nigeria believed in Mr. President and trusted him that if he can change the way the world see Nigerian he can change our economy for better b4 2019.

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  • Rommel

    Who then would we replace Buhari with? what the country is facing now is what is supposed to have been faced years ago but the political leaders then were too corrupt to follow up on reforms,had Goodluck Jonathan been a visionary leader or even his billionaires been genuine business people, Nigeria would not be suffering today and perhaps,Buhari would not have even contested elections,nobody likes to visit hospital but hospitals are necessary for a healthy,vibrant and thriving society

    • Gibson Bosah

      Thank U n God bless u.”who will replace buhari”

      • Hero

        There are hundreds waiting at the door who are more effective and quite corruption free and much better than he is. He is not even the best leader Nigerians have had yet!

        • Gibson Bosah

          Like who.just give a name I will appreciate.proof ursef right with one name

          • Hero

            It is not like me to exchange on discussion page but let me make an exception. Where was Trump before he became American President in waiting? Please open your mind! There are others who will emerge and be better leaders than we presently have. Don’t say ‘this is not America!’

          • Gibson Bosah

            Oga mention or keep quite

          • Hero

            Your mind is closed, “quite”!

    • Hero

      I have followed you post diligently, but I am beginning to have very strong doubts about Buhari’s Presidency. This is unfortunate and whatever the case is Nigerians do not deserve all this suffering. While I support the change that will re position the thinking of the people and the business class, there is need to ensure that the masses do suffer the backlash off the the changes that we expect in the business politic of Nigerians and re position the country for progress and prosperity, It is certain the government is lacking in ideas an how to turn things around. Anyway, Buhari has one more year to prove that he has anything to offer before he is dumped like his immediate predecessor.

      • Rommel

        Happy to hear that you are willing to give one more year,that to me is reasonable,the problem of the administration is not lack of ideas but rather,Nigerians are unproductive in the real sense,we are consumers and getting consumers to become producers is always a difficult task,India suffered for years with no one driving foreign vehicles until they learnt how to make vehicles,same thing with China,countries that fall within same category like Nigeria includes Phillipines,Sri Lanka,Venezuela etc,can you see how Venezuela collapsed? that was where Jonathan was driven Nigeria to. Everyone is waiting for government to show them what to do yet we forget that Nigeria is not a communist nation,it is free market economy where people are expected to be productive.Nigerians have failed,it does not have to be government alone but all have failed

        • Hero

          We both agree then that it is problem of leadership. I pray all these efforts and direction become fruitful early enough for Nigerians to appreciate and not regret.


    We are surely going to dump presidency because u fail Nigeria. All campaign promise fail. Youth are hopeless

  • Rosebud

    “The President’s enormous goodwill remains ever-strong because the people are convinced that he is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.”@Garba Shehu.

    The raggedy support that kept venting itself in support of Buhari’s draconian pursuits came from his immediate family and cronies. That lingering dimunitive pretension vanished with Mr President’s infamous retort that our beloved First Lady belongs in the kitchen. In the not too distant future, Mr President will remember this was when he lost the votes of all decent Nigerians.

  • dpfrank

    True Nigerians are solidly behind Mr president, PMB is the best


    Na sure things bihari go back home