Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has given reasons why President Buhari, cannot declare his intention to seek re-election in 2019, now.
In a recent interview, Adesina said President Buhari is keeping his intentions close to his chest to prevent his opponents from sabotaging it.
According to Adesina, there are some Nigerians who have advised President Buhari not to run in 2019 because they know he is the candidate to beat in the upcoming presidential election. Although supporters of President Buhari have called on him to run for a second term, he is yet to make his intentions known.
He said, ”You know the peculiarity of Nigeria, particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country. You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run.’ Because they know that if the president runs, other people should just run away because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him. So, they want to discourage him from running.
Now, if he tells you ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running. So, when you know that, why then do you speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage.”.