The presidential ambition of Muhammadu Buhari has received a boost with a reported endorsement by retired military officers in the Nigerian Army, the Navy and Air Force.
A report by Daily Sun says those who endorsed Buhari for a second term include 13 Major Generals, eight Air Vice Marshal (AVM), two Rear Admirals (RA), 12 Brigadier Generals, nine Air commodores, eight Commodores and 17 former military administrators.
It was learnt that the retired officers were led by retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa, a former military administrator of Lagos state, who also heads the presidential advisory committee for the elimination of drug abuse in the country.
The report said some of those who attended the event where the endorsement held include former President Goodluck Jonathan’s minister of police affairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade, and former Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Jubril Ayinla.
Legit.ng reports that the endorsement of President Buhari by the former military officers came about 24 hours after the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, received his from leaders from the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), the Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, northern leaders and stakeholders assembly and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF).
In his expression of gratitude over the endorsement given to him, Atiku Abubakar said that the gesture of massive support moved him to tears.
“I am moved to tears that in the midst of deep divisions and deliberate use of instrumentalities of state to set our people against themselves in the last three and a half years, responsible and respected leaders across Nigeria have agreed to come together for the purpose of endorsing my candidature for the February 16th,2019 Presidential elections," he said.
On the same day, a faction of Miyetti Allah group in the northeast region reportedly dissociated itself from the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the national body saying his team was supporting Atiku Abubakar
Mafindi Umaru Danburam, leader of the group who recently resigned his position as the northeast chairman, disclosed this following the national body’s endorsement of Buhari.
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Meanwhile, the Forward with Buhari (FWB), an independent campaign organisation for Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, says there was no alternative to the president in the coming election.
Senator Lawali Shuaibu, the national coordinator of the organisation, who is also the deputy national chairman (north) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this in a statement on Monday, February 4, in Abuja.
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