No pressure on President Buhari for 2019 ambition- Adesina

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Presidency has debunked the story being circulated in some sections of the media that there is international pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop his presidential bid for 2019.

The denial was contained in a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

According to Adesina, “It is necessary to respond to a tendentious story published on Tuesday August 14, as cover choice by Daily Independent Newspaper. Under the headline, ‘Pressure mounts on Buhari not to seek re-election,’ the fiction parading as news claims that foreign powers, including the European Union, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, are putting pressure on President Buhari not to seek re-election, due to some concocted reasons.

“We thought fake news was the sole preserve of the social media in this season. Alas, a traditional medium has caught the bug. Obviously, the author of the story just got a brain wave, or got procured by anti-democratic elements, and then penned the mischief.”

Adesina said President Buhari is still being held in high esteem in all the countries and global bodies mentioned in the story.

“If there are quarters in which President Buhari is held in very high esteem, and the work he is doing for Nigeria highly lauded, it is in the countries mentioned. Some of them are equally bastions of democracy, and will not interfere in the democratic affairs of a sovereign country. The newspaper should simply tell its story to the marines,” he said.

The Presidential Spokesman said President Buhari is not a flippant or frivolous individual, adding that he didn’t just wake up and decided to re-contest for President.

“He gave deep thought to the prospect, before announcing his bid for a second term in office. It is only those who fear that their goose would be cooked, if they meet with him at the polls that are trying to dissuade him from running by all means, including sponsored newspaper stories. By saying it got feelers that President Buhari may opt out of the 2019 Presidential election, Daily Independent embarrassed itself, and all those who love good journalism. The newspaper can surely do better,” Adesina concluded.