Facts have evidently emerged from the hint President Muhammadu Buhari gave in Côte d’Ivoire that He would contest the 2019 election, having told Nigerians he wanted to be seen with some state governors so that their people may vote for him in future.
This was known during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Abidjan on Tuesday night when the President tried to rationalize his lateness to the occasion, saying he wanted the two state governors with him on the trip to be present.
Buhari, at the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit currently holding in Abidjan, was accompanied by All Progressive Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governors Udom Emmanuel; Mohammed Abubakar of Akwa Ibom and Bauchi respectively.
He apologized for turning up late, saying: “First, I want to apologize for keeping you for too long seating. This is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting.
“This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians, if you tell them that their governors were in the company of the president, I think that will be another vote for me in the future. I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up.”
Aside the hint, President Buhari has not spoken about the possibility of his contesting the 2019 presidential election even though many governors elected under the All Progressive Congress (APC) have spoken out in support of a second term for him.
The president also said that his support for President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, despite serving as minister in a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration was a confirmation of the statement he made on May 29th, 2015 inauguration, that he belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody.
The President was reacting to Adesina’s gratitude to his administration for supporting him to clinch the AfDB’s job as the first Nigerian to head the continental bank since it was set up in 1964.
He added: “The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), who forgot to mention that he was serving in the PDP government as minister but all the same I picked him and recommended him for AfDB. I think it emphasized what I said during my swearing in that I’m for everybody, I’m for nobody. As long as you are a Nigerian be prepared to be on the receiving end from me.”
Buhari also revealed that Tinubu had brought him a beautiful piece of information which he said he was not aware of until now.
Without disclosing the information, he said: “I also thank our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He has brought me a very beautiful piece of information which I was not aware of it until I sat down and read it this evening (Tuesday night). Thank you very much for your hard work and I will discuss that paper with you.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari has assured that all Nigerians stranded in Libya and other parts of the world will be brought home and rehabilitated.
He vowed to reduce the number of Nigerians heading for Europe illegally through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea by providing basic social amenities such as education, healthcare, and food security at home.
He told the Nigerians in Abidjan that all necessary steps will be taken to stem the tide of illegal migration by Nigerians.