The Presidency has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari cannot declare his intention to contest next year’s presidential election now.
According to Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, if the president speaks too early about his ambition, his opponents may sabotage the country.
The presidential spokesman disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja at the weekend.
Mr. Buhari had last year hinted of his intention to run in 2019. While speaking with some members of the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire in November, the president said that he came to the meeting with two governors so that their people may vote for him in the future.
Asked when the president will declare his intention, Adesina replied: “You know the peculiarity of Nigeria; particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem.
“There is a lot of sabotage in the country.
“You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run.’ Because they know that if the president runs, other people should just run away because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him.
“So, they want to discourage him from running.
“Now, if he tells you ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him, just to dissuade him from running.
“So, when you know that, why then do you speak early?
“I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running,’ by which time, they can do less damage.”