2019: 3 Reasons Buhari Deserves Second Term
The year is coming to an end and Nigeria is just 109 days away from the commencement of the General elections - that's hoping INEC won't shift the date.
Contenders, including Buhari are preparing for the election, putting forward at every opportunity, their manifesto.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who has been relatively quiet in recent months, has finally re-joined Buhari's campaign train.
His aim is to convince Nigerians that President Buhari deserves a second chance. But the question he will find himself battling with in coming weeks will be "A second chance to do what exactly?"
On Sunday, he was on Channels Television’s programme that focuses on politics and he gave reasons Nigerians should give the President a second chance.
1. 'Legendary Integrity'
President Buhari is often referred to as Mr Integrity, a nomenclature that has been criticised by the opposition, critics and some political analysts.
But the minister said the President had leveraged his legendary integrity and acumen in managing resources both human and materials to reinvent governance.
“Today, under President Buhari, Nigerians can dream and hope because he has re-branded governance and put the country on the path of sustainable growth and development.
“He is investing in infrastructure and reinventing the most ambitious social programme in the history of the nation," Mr Mohammed stated.
2. Delivered Campaign Promises
Mr Mohammed also said President Buhari had delivered on the three campaign promises he made which were, fighting corruption, tackling insecurity and revamping the economy.
"The President is ensuring that the people do not loot the common resources and ensuring that Nigeria is self-sufficient in food production
"Above all, he has brought honour and respect back to the country and fighting all sorts of insecurity in the country," he said.
3. He Is Fit!?
Within the past three years, President Buhari has traveled to London at least three times spending over 150 days for medical reasons, treating an undisclosed ailment.
He has been described as the President that had embarked on medical tourism the most, even when he had promised to ensure that civil servants do not go on medical tour.
Many Nigerians have expressed worries over his health condition and his ability to carry on for another four years after his first term, but the Minister said the President had fully recovered and was fit to discharge his duties.
Other Issues Of Concern
Recently, the alleged non-submission of the President’s certificate to INEC popped up again, generating mixed reactions, but the minister said it was “a non-issue and a mere distraction".
"We have moved beyond that. Let me quote what former President Olusegun Obasanjo said in 2015 during this saga of the President’s certificate.
"Obasanjo said that it is an insult on a man, who rose to the echelon in Nigeria Army, attended the War College in the US and Staff College in Nigeria, for anyone to start asking whether he has a certificate or not.
"I think I want to rest this case on that because it is a non-issue," the minister said.
On the endorsement of a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by a former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, the Minister of Information said it was not a thing of concern for the administration.
“It is Nigerians that will decide who will govern them”.
“It is Nigerians that are going to vote at the 2019 elections.
“They will make a choice between going back to the era of inefficiency, looting, decay in infrastructure and the era of integrity, when the economy is being revived and insurgency is being tackled.
“It is not what Obasanjo says that matters because I am sure Nigerians will make the right choice,” he said.
The minister also denied the allegation that the government was intimidating the opposition.
He expressed the confidence that President Buhari would be re-elected in 2019 because of his track record.
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