- Junaid Mohammed has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop his 2019 presidential re-election ambition
- The former lawmaker urged the president to exit from governance and return home to take care of his troubling health
- According to Mohammed, Nigeria has suffered from President Buhari's inability to hold the country's affairs together
A lawmaker of the Second Republic, Junaid Mohammed, on Tuesday, February 12, advised President Muhammadu Buhari against his plan to contest in the 2019 presidential election.
Mohammed pleaded with the President to take a bow, exit from governance and return home to take care of his troubling health
Vanguard reports that the former lawmaker said such action from President Buhari would save Nigeria from woes suffered from his inability to hold the country's affairs together.
Citing the clashes and various deaths recorded in herdsmen/farmers clashes across states u Nigeria, Mohammed said such crisis could escalate in the years ahead if President Buhari continues as president of the country beyond 2019.
Mohammed 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," Mohammed said.
The former lawmaker also condemned the plan by some northern elders and groups to endorse a particular candidate for the presidential election.
He said: “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," Mohammed added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had promised that he is all out for free, fair and credible elections starting on February 16.
Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, said the president gave the assurance at a meeting with traditional rulers at the secretariat complexes of the Councils of Traditional Rulers in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, and Port Harcourt, Rivers, on Tuesday, February 12.
The president also said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) knows his stand on free and fair elections.
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