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Muhammadu Buhari Will Continue In Office In 2019 - Secretary Of The Government Declares

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari will continue in office in 2019

"We don’t have an alternative to President Buhari for now. He will continue. The politics of this nation is no more the politics of money or do-or-die … Anybody who wants to lead this nation must make sacrifices. Buhari has already transformed and changed the image of leadership and that of our leaders in this country both locally and internationally,” he said.

He spoke at the Unity Fountain in Abuja at a rally organised by the Democratic Youth Congress (DYC) to drum support for a second term for the President.

Mustapha was represented at the event by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters Gideon Sammani.

Although the President has not announced his interest in contesting again, many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government officials have been urging him to run.

But former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a special press statement last month advised the President not to contest. Former military leader Gen Ibrahim Babangida issues a statement clamouring for “digital leaders” from 2019. Obasanjo has since been galvanising the Coalition of Nigeria Movement, which is expected to transform into a party before the elections.

Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu, after a meeting with the President on January 3 said he was sure Buhari would run. He announced his intention to open the secretariat of a support group for the president’s ambition in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.