Two Stakeholders in the northern part of Nigeria, Dr Junaid Mohammed and Chairman of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, has revealed that the activities of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration if scaled not yet enough to qualify him for a re-election come 2019.
Junaid, a lawmaker in the 2nd republic. In his words “I have not seen evidence as a Nigerian, who goes to the market that the life of the average Nigerian is getting better. It is either these governors have their ambition or maybe they are beginning to think of what they can do”.
The former lawmaker further expressed that the APC members are only ranting on the pages of newspapers and that this is not enough to determine who wins the coming election. He said ‘’They are making noise as if 2019 is achievable on the pages of Newspapers. I have no objection to any politician having an ambition or a politician who is trying to play games with our own situation. In the case of APC, we have not seen any clear sign that they are serious or they mean business.
According to him, in a meeting held at Ibadan by APC, one of the leaders of the party revealed that their candidate for the 2019 election is already known to all.
Junaid further emphasised that ‘’As far as I am concerned, I have not seen rational evidence to the effect that somebody has achieved and therefore, deserves to be repaid with another term. Politics has never been a rational game in Nigeria. Sometimes people vote in Nigeria because of primordial sentiment and geopolitics. It is unfortunate, it stifles our democracy and makes it impossible to have a national dialogue”.
“I have known Buhari for more than 47 years ‘ I knew him in 1967 during the civil war. I think if Buhari were to fly a kite about re-election, I don’t think he would do it with the governors of Kogi and Benue states. There are governors who are presumably close to Buhari. They are people like Elrufai and if he made such a statement, it could be credible. The governor of Katsina State could be credible because that is Buhari’s home state. Another governor is the governor of Zamfara State, who is close to him. If they were the people, who made the statement, it deserves to be taken seriously” Junaid said.
In the opinion of Alhaji Gambo Gujunju, the National President of Arewa Youths forum, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to personally declare to the north his intention to contest for a re-election as being rumoured.
The president of Arewa Forum further disclosed that the fight against corruption by the present administration is gradually losing touch, particularly as no actions have been taken against the Secretary to the Federal Government and ex-Director General of Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Oke.
Defensively, Chief John Oyegun, Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, on his own part opined that the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari deserved to be applauded for a job well done on economic recovery, anti-corruption, and security.
Oyegun disclosed this during a visit paid to him in Abuja by Ketil Karlse, Ambassador/Head of the Delegation of the European Union EU to Nigeria and ECOWAS. He said, ” Muhammadu Buhari administration since assumption of office in May 2015 has focused on delivering on election promises, primarily on economic recovery, anti-corruption, and security.”