Should President Buhari Seek Re-election in 2019?

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A couple of days ago, I read it in the news that the Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, who is one of the governors elected on the platform of main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.

Governor Umahi’s words weren’t surprising. This is Nigeria- a country where everyone thinks they know what is best for other people, but then, this is 2017! Isn’t it too early to start discussing re-election bids when the present day government has done little or nothing for an average Nigeria?

I did a little research and I found out that a couple of individuals and organizations are also drumming support for the Buhari re-election bid. Most notably, the North Central Youth Leaders Forum, who after a “critical assessment” of the President Buhari’s administration and its impact on the good people of North Central Nigeria, resolved that Buhari should seek re-election in 2019. The forum also promised to commence consultations with eminent Nigerians to convince Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.

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Another of such groups is the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) that has declared its readiness to work tirelessly “in order to force President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.” The group said their decision to force President Buhari to seek re-election was because of his, “tremendous achievements in taking Nigeria to a greater height through his agenda, policies and fight against corruption and insurgency.”

Several individuals have also in the past suggested that President Buhari should seek a re-election bid.

But then, I hope we all recall that prior to the elections, President Muhammadu Buhari told members of his party before he was first elected that he would only seek one term, implying he did not intend at that time to run in 2019. So where exactly is the desire to seek re-election emanating from?

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Lately, President Buhari has been busy attending to his health that he almost did not have time for Nigeria, but we can’t blame him, his health is also important. But then, Nigeria needs an agile president. Our country is at a crossroad where we have to make choices that may make or mar our future and we need an onsite president to lead us through this decision making president, a “foreign-based” president can’t do much you know…..

In exercising my rights to freedom of speech and opinion, I will not deny Mr President the right to seek re-election. He is qualified and constitutionally entitled to a second time in office, but at what cost?

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The president doesn’t seem to be living up to expectations in his anticorruption campaign – which was the major highlight of his electioneering campaign. The economy is in bad shape, some states have even gone so poor that they cannot afford to pay workers. I wouldn’t want to remind you of how many Nigerians that have lost their jobs owing to the instability of the nation’s economy.

Although President Buhari has not publicly indicated his interest to seek re-election, he would stand a better chance if he comes out with a clean bill of health. Because right now, many Nigerians doubt whether President Buhari is healthy enough to serve another term in Nigeria, which is the most populous country and has the biggest economy in Africa.

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