President Muhammadu Buhari has no option but to contest the 2019 presidential election, the Buhari Support group has said.
Speaking to State House Correspondents yesterday when a delegation of the group visited President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan said it has been a very, very good journey so far and expressed believe that the President and Nigerians have a future Beyond 2019.
He explained that :”Well, you know it is not enough to help in
elections like most of us did. It important that we continue to
support the President and his administration and as a group,, across the nation, this is what we will continue to do.
“We will continue to identify with and support all the programs that this administration has set forward. And l believe that we have every justification to be happy because, the President campaigned on three major pillars of anti- corruption, fighting the insecurity across the country and revitalising the economy of Nigeria.
” It has been a very, very good journey so far and also believe that Mr. President and Nigerians have a future beyond 2019. What he has started, by the grace of God, he should be able to complete, up to 2023.
When asked on the areas the President can improve on, he replied
‘Well, we have issues we think that the administration will be dealing with very successfully, now that we have economic recovery and growth plans which encapsulates everything we need to move Nigeria forward.
“Now that Nigerians have continued to show love for Mr. President, l believe that we are going to achieve those things that we set for
ourselves at the moment. I also believe that the future is bright and
by the grace of God, by 2019, we would have achieved so much in this
administration and Mr. President will have no option but continue the good work he has started”
On his part, the leader of the group, Senator Abu Ibrahim disclosed
that the group is an amalgamation of about 189 different support
groups that had worked for President Buhari and the APC to win the
2015 general election.
According to him,they have been holding meetings, discussing the
problems of the country adding that they decided it was time they
meet with the President to intimate him about the activities of the
He stated “We discussed with him about the plans to improve the
situation in Nigeria. Mr President was very pleased with our programs.
On whether they are trying to convince the president to contest the 2019 Presidential election, he said “Well, that didn’t come up
actually. We only discussed the programs of the organization and
problems of the group. But we didn’t go into the 2019 elections.
When prodded further if they are going to encourage him to come out, he said “Of course l will.Because l believe in his philosophy and l believe he can solve the problems of this nation. He can ensure the Progress, stability and prosperity of this nation.
On his part,President Buhari commended various support groups
working for the progress of his administration, saying posterity will reward their sacrifices for the peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
In a statement by his Special adviser media, Femi Adesina , President Buhari assured them of the judicious use of available national resources for the betterment of all Nigerians.
”I am grateful for your sacrifices. Your work requires a lot of
sacrifices both physical and material.
”I do not think anybody will join this organisation for material reasons.
”What you are doing is for the nation and not for me as an
individual. Therefore, there is no way you can lose because what you are doing is for posterity,’’ he said.