It is an open secret that President Muhammadu Buhari currently has health challenges and there are doubts in some quarters that he might not run for second term.

But one his aides has affirmed that he is ready to seek another 4 years in office.

Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Abdulrahaman Kawu Sumaila made the disclosure on Tuesday in Kano. 

He expressed confidence that Buhari must have recovered fully to not only contest but to withstand the rigours of the presidential race.

He said that as a normal 74-year-old person, it is not unusual for him to fall sick.

Sumaila said, "Meanwhile, we are waiting for the 2019 general elections, which is about 18 months away from now before embarking on campaigning. Also, I am sure and confident that Mr. President can get better before the D-Day.

"There has been lingering speculation since 2015, as some people speculated that Mr President cannot contest that election, but he did and won and has been and still performing his constitutional responsibilities to date.

“We cannot depend on speculation."

He also expressed his “conviction beyond reasonable doubt” that Buhari has performed creditably well, noting that there is renewed confidence, both locally and internationally, in his administration.

He adds that internationally, everybody knows that “we have a serious government;” and locally, people agree that Mr. President is ready to perform his constitutional duties.