The presidency has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will seek re-election into office in 2019.
One of his spokespersons, Malam Garba Shehu, maintained that the president is “good enough to continue” if given the opportunity to contest the 2019 presidential election.
He lamented that many were ignorant about Buhari’s ailment, assuring that that the president would speak to Nigerians when he returns from his medical vacation.
“The main issue is the president comes back home in full health and resumes office,” Shehu told Thisday.
“It is left for Nigerians to decide. I know the decision is with the people. But President Muhammadu Buhari is good enough to continue”.
Shehu insisted that he could not speak specifically on the nature of Buhari’s illness.
“I cannot tell because I do not know the nature of his ailment. As he is, the president does not need prompting from anyone before he comes out and tells Nigerians what happened to him.
“When he came back last time, President Buhari told Nigerians what he went through in the United Kingdom. I think the president will choose the right moment to talk to Nigerians.
“In the constitution, there is nowhere the president is required to disclose his illness.
“This is a country where past presidents never fell ill before. Even when they fell ill, nobody knew about it.
“This is a country where past presidents never handed over to their deputies. We had a president who was dying in office. Nobody was ready to talk”.
He faulted those demanding Buhari’s resignation due to his illness and long absence, noting that their agitation was linked “to some elements in the opposition”.
“In any case, we are in a democracy. We cannot stop people from protesting or demonstrating.
“In a country of 170 million people, we only have two dozen people protesting and all of them with links with the opposition. Every person is entitled to his or her own view.
“Nigeria has a huge population. But there are people praying in churches or mosques for the president’s recovery,” Shehu added.