- A former lawmaker has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against contesting in 2019
- Junaid Mohammed asked President Buhari to go home, rest and attend to his ailing health
- He said no law has made it mandatory that the president must come from the north
A second republic lawmakers, Junaid Mohammed has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take a bow from contesting for presidency in 2019.
Mohammed pleaded with the president to exit governance and return home to attend to his health.
He also said President Buhari will save Nigerians by taking a rest.
Vanguard reports that Junaid who claims to be the closest northern leader to the president, said the clashes between herdsmen and farmers across Nigeria is avoidable.
Junaid said: “There is no need for us to continue to keep silent while a cabal, led by persons with little or no knowledge of the economy and those who have never run any successful business enterprise, continue to toy with the well-being and future of over 180 million Nigerians just because they are related one way or the other to the president, who himself knows nothing about the economy.
“It is also not in doubt that this president has brought more of his kinsmen, most of them who are unqualified, than any other Nigerian president in history into key national positions, thereby trivialising governance and promoting mediocrity at the highest level.
"Look, there is nothing that makes it compulsory for Nigerians to concede the presidency to the north at any point in time. Any group that needs the presidency of Nigeria must be ready to work for it.
"We must not continue to accept a situation where some people sit somewhere and ‘anoint’ some persons they know are either ill or weak and impose them on the rest of the people and they either die midway into their tenure or fail woefully to perform due to ill health or poor understanding of the economy or both."
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the former lawmaker had said that President Buhari does not deserve a second term.
Junaid said he is yet to see any evidence that the present administration led by President Buhari has done enough for an average Nigerian.
He said it is important for the All Progressives Congress to allow for an open candidacy in 2019.
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