The Whole Truth: Nigerians Pressured Buhari to Run For President, Garba Shehu

The Whole Truth: Nigerians Pressured Buhari to Run For President, Garba Shehu

  • Earlier, President Muhammad Buhari in an interview aired on national television disclosed he had given his best to Nigeria
  • Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, in reaction said the president has revealed a deep truth regarding the above statement
  • Shehu made this disclosure during an interview on Friday, January 7, while speaking on how Buhari decided to run for president in 2015 and what informed his decision

Abuja- Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu says President Muhammadu Buhari was compelled by Nigerians to run for president.

He made this assertion while reacting to some comments delivered by the president regarding his plans for the 2023 general election.

The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, in an interview aired on Friday, January 7, disclosed the President was right to have said he had given his best to the country, The Punch reports.

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Nigerians pressured Buhari to run for president, says Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu said that his boss was persuaded by Nigerians to run for the position before the 2015 general election. Photo credit: Garba Shehu
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He said:

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“The president can be very casual sometimes in speaking and jovial and jocularly; I think this is what people fail to understand of him. They need to understand how he was persuaded and pressured to even run in the first instance.
“He had served as governor, minister and military Head of State and that’s the highest it could get. He had retired home and Nigerians came and said you are the right person for this moment, we need you. It took some persuasion.
“So, yes, it is right for the person to say he has given his best and when the time is up, some other person will take over."

Buhari urges Nigerian youths not to depend on government for jobs

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Buhari asked Nigerian youths to use their education and exposure to improve themselves and not see them as tickets to depend on the government for jobs, saying:

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“I wish when they go to school; when they work hard; when they earn their degree, they don’t do it thinking that government must give them jobs.”

The president regretted that the colonial administration indoctrinated people to wait for government jobs after passing through school.

You can not go scot-free, Buhari speaks on corrupt people joining APC

In other news, the president also spoke on people accused of corruption joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The president rejected the notion that corrupt politicians defect to the ruling party to escape punishment.

According to Buhari, even if those accused of corruption join his party they can't go scot-free. He explained that such defections have not stopped his government’s insistence on accountability.


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