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JUST IN: President Buhari’s 2019 Presidential Declaration In Abidjan Set Nigeria On Fire, As Afenifere, Northern Elders Clash

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There is palpable tension as over the subtle 2019 Presidential declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari at Abidjan, the Cote d’ Ivoire state capital.
Post-Nigeria recalls that Buhari had during the two days summit told the Nigerians community in Abidjan that he ”hope to get a vote in future”, subtly making a reference to 2019 presidency, according to sources.
In a sharp reaction, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; Northern Elders Council, NEC, and a Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Muhammed, disagree over Buhari’s 2019 presidential ambition.
While Junaid revealed that Buhari’s ambition was irrational, Afenifere called on other presidential aspirants to present their plans to the nation to enable Nigerians to decide the most suitable person for the high office.
Afenifere noted that the President had the constitutional right to seek re-election, noting that he had not done anything wrong by expressing his determination to seek a second term in office.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, maintains that Nigerians should be more concerned about the plans of the presidential aspirants. 

He said, “He (Buhari) has the constitutional right to seek re-election and I don’t think Nigerians should bother about whether he wants to seek re-election or not. Let other aspirants also come out and present their programmes and Nigerians would decide between what he is presenting and what others are offering. Let others who have ideas about the way Nigeria should be run also come out.”
But Muhammed condemned the President’s ambition, saying it was an irrational decision.
Muhammed said, “Unless Nigerian politics can mature and graduate beyond the level of identity politics, we will always have a problem. The assumption that anyone in the office of the president must serve for two terms is absolutely irrational and baseless. A leader, even if he spends a term or half a term and performs, should have no problem seeking re-election.
“It becomes disappointing that this is the level where we are. Nigerians must say, look, we shun identity and ethnic politics. That is my hope in 2019. A man, who has not done much for his first term, to start talking about a second term is the most irrational thing I can imagine.”
Also, the chairman, the Northern Elders Council, Tanko Yakasai, said the President’s decision was not surprising, noting that it was only typical of Nigerian politicians.

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