On Sunday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in corruption, and was not desperate for the office he currently occupies.
He said that Buhari was interested in running for second term because he did not want the gains made by his administration from 2015 to be used unwisely.
Shehu made this known in an article titled ‘Buhari’s 2019 bid and matters arising’.
“An important motivation for President Buhari’s bid for second term is that the gains made from 2015 should not be frittered.
Buhari is not involved in corruption and is not desperate for the office. He is among the few leaders we have who are not obsessed with money, cars and homes but working passionately for the country’s economy, peace and safety.
If a corrupt politician wins, we will go back to where we were in 2015. Many by now have forgotten where we are coming from. The daily bomb blasts in our cities between 2012 and 2015, including the deadly attack on the United Nations office in Abuja, have been forgotten by many.
The Juma’at Mosque bomb attack on Kano that left 300 dead and the theft of 270 girls in Chibok as they assembled to write their final exams, with 113 yet to return have, for many, faded into history.”
Shehu said cabinet meetings are now about how trillions of Naira are to be used to provide long delayed infrastructure such as roads, bridges, railway, power, drugs and equipment for hospitals, while grand corruption, by which ministers sat around the table to share money drawn from the treasury, has been ended.
He said that the thing about second term in all political climes was that voters must have a practical reason to vote for someone.
He said Buhari has not given anyone an excuse not to choose him on this count, saying his is an administration that has something for everyone.
According to him, while the ruling All Progressives Congress did extremely well in the North during the last general elections to come to power, there are indications that in 2019, it will do in the South what it did in the North in 2015.
Shehu observed that since Buhari declared his intention to seek second term, all hell has been let loose by ‘the chaotic, ill-prepared opposition camp.’
He admitted that in democracies around the globe, second terms by incumbents are usually harder to get simply because, there is always some kind of anti-incumbency feelings, leading to a loss of faith among those supporters. He said,
“For President Buhari, who won with massive votes in 2015, his major challenge is to do as well as he did, or even better. He came to power with a lot of expectations and Nigerians had, justifiably, placed very high hopes on him.
As we said sometime back, he, as a consequence, has became victim of the tyranny of expectations. The weight of unrealistic expectations has evidently blinded many of the people from seeing the revolutionary changes happening across the nation.
Nigerians expected him to undo the damage in several decades of misgovernance and naturally, many are already feeling frustrated that he hadn’t done that in three years”.