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“Buhari will stand 2019, even if his supporters have to convince him”

Communications minister Adebayo Shittu says President Muhammadu Buhari must seek re-election in 2019 because he has so far done well.

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Even though the president hasn’t decided on standing yet, Shittu said loyalists and ardent supporters could help the president make up his mind.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with the president on Wednesday, Shittu said he informed Buhari that he had appointed a national chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group whose identity he did not disclose.

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The minister stated that the South-west zonal office of the campaign organization of the Buhari/Osinbajo would be commissioned on January 20.

Asked whether the campaign for 2019 has started, Shittu parried, saying: "Every day since he came into office, all his activities are geared towards letting Nigerians know that they have a saviour, a rescuer; somebody who is committed to providing relief for Nigerians in all respects.

"In the area of fighting corruption, insurgency, whether in the northeast or the Niger Delta, in the area of repairing the economy and providing jobs and providing social stability in the society, you will agree with me that today, but for Buhari, Boko Haram would have invaded even Lagos."

On whether Buhari will run for the 2019 Presidency, he said: "It goes without saying, I mean if you have a child who goes to primary school and does well, proceeds to secondary school, does well, and you keep asking is he going to university? It goes without saying. 


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