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11042018 - Buhari’s ‘one term’ offer in 2011 no longer applies



Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018—5 POCKET CARTOON BOOK PRESENTATION—From left: Former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke; former Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka, Book Reviewer, Rev. Kekong Bisong; Chief Presenter, Senator Musa Adede; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, and Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd), during the presentation of a book titled: "Dignity in Service”, by Dr. Matthew Mbu in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan. Buhari’s ‘one term’ offer no longer applies— PRESIDENCY Continues from Page 1 declaring his intention. He said: “The other one of running one term was in 2011. When he was running in 2011, he said, yes, he would be a president for only one term but did he win in that year? No. The victory came in 2015. So what is being quoted from 2011 is not applicable again. “There were a lot of convincing and appeals. I sat in different meetings with different groups involving the President and the reason all of them came was that they wanted him to run for a second term in office. “Do you know that whenever the President reacted to these groups, he will speak on every other thing but on the issue of a second term; he will not say a word and that has been in the past one year. These calls have started coming and he didn’t say a word. That reinforced my opinion that for him, it is not a do-ordie affair, it is just a matter of serving the country." The declaration and governance Noting that the President’s declaration for a second term would not affect governance, Adesina said: “I think the President had just picked the right time to make his intentions known, whether it will affect governance or not depends on the personality of who is the president. “Don’t forget that under Obasanjo, when the process was affecting governance, he read a riot act and said let’s concentrate on governance. President Buhari is just somebody like that, he will never allow politicking to affect governance.” He said the President may be re-elected based on his achievements in security, reviving the economy and fighting corruption. “There are certain things that he set out to do. Normally, it comes up under three broad umbrellas. One is securing the country, two is fighting corruption, three is reviving the economy and I have said it in all three areas, there are successes. The willfully blind will never see, even if you put the thing right in front of his eyes. We are not talking to the willfully blind or deaf," Adesina said. Mr Adesina’s comments immediately drew reactions from some politicians, who said it was immaterial to the 2019 election. We’re not bothered by his one-term promise – Babatope Former Minister of Transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said: “Let us not fault Buhari on that statement because this is a democracy. And in a democratic system, he has the right to two terms in office. For us in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the number of terms he wants to spend does not matter. We are confident that we will defeat him in 2019. All we are saying is that Nigerians should join us to send them out because the APC government has failed. They promised to fight corruption but corruption lives in them. They failed to fulfill any of the promises they made." It’s the end of the road for Buhari, APC – Okorie National Chairman of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said with Buhari as the candidate, the APC will lose power, next year noting that whatever commitment President Buhari made on single term is between him and the APC because "it is not a social contract with Nigerians. Afterall, former President Jonathan had such promise and denied it." He continued: "President Buhari’s party does not feel he has an obligation to keep. They are the ones urging him to re-contest. What concerns Nigerians is whether the man who has given Nigerians nightmares and his government has been a disaster should be allowed to continue. "I sympathise with the APC for the misfortune of having to grapple with the political liability of presenting President Buhari to the Nigerian electorate for the 2019 Presidential Election. Buhari’s presidency is both a nightmare and a monumental disaster. It is the end of the road for him and the APC. I foresee a devastating political humiliation to Buhari and his party. The battle line is drawn. "The opposition is negotiating a grand coalition, which the UPP is part of. Buhari’s government, if allowed to continue, will kill Nigeria. He does not believe in Continues on Page 41 $1bn for security equipment to fight Boko Haram By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou & Frederick Okopie I am surprised that the National Assembly, NASS, is not on the same page with President Buhari on this. The President needs the support of everyone to defeat Boko Haram. Security is a serious issue that should not be politicised. I am in support of the proposal. No amount is too much in the fight against Boko Haram. *Morka Chuks, Selfemployed It will be a good thing if the money is approved. The President should ensure that the usage of the fund is monitored. With adequate resources, soldiers can perform their responsibilities well. *Mr. Adeyelu Adetola, Prophet This is a contradiction to the claim that insurgency has been defeated. I hope it is not a plot to save money that would be used for the 2019 election? No matter what they want to do, I will use my vote to frustrate them in 2019. *Mr. Odegbami Martins, Engineer THE Goodluck J o n a t h a n administration was condemned for approving money for the fight against insurgency. The APC-led federal government is doing the same thing today. What happened to the funds approved before now? I don’t believe the fund would be used for the fight against insurgency. *Mr. Japheth Omene, Graduate It is a good move pro vided it will pass through the right channel and will not be stolen by some people. If the fund is not well utilised, Boko Haram will continue to kill innocent people. *Mr. Jimoh Adeyeye, Petroleum marketer For the government to spend more money in the fight against Boko Haram, is a laudable idea that should be supported. I am bothered about the readiness of this government to fight Boko Haram. The amount being proposed is much in a country where people are hungry. *Esther Awonusi, Trader