Over the weekend in Abuja The presidency disclosed President Buhari ’s decision to keep Nigerians in suspense on his re-election bid to avoid sabotage.
Making this disclosure was the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina in an interview with selected State House correspondents, saying the president would continue to keep his intentions close to his chest because those opposed to his re-election could exploit his declaration to sabotage the country.
According to him, President Buhari declaring his ambition about a year to the next election would only give such saboteurs a lot of time to sabotage the country economically and politically, among others.
“You know the peculiarity of Nigeria, particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country.
“You have also heard so many have said, ‘don’t run,’ because they know that if the president runs, other people would just run away because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell of beating him. So, they want to discourage him from running.
“Now, if he tells you, ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running.
“So, when you know that, why then speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage,” he explained.
Although the president has alluded to re-contesting the presidential election in 2019, he has not declared it definitively, keeping Nigerians on the tenterhooks on his real intentions.