President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to seek re-election next year. RAYMOND MORDI and LEKE SALAUDEEN sought people’s views on his chances.
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration on Monday was anticipated by Nigerians. He had indicated through his body language that he would run for a second term in next year’s general elections, but was probably waiting for the right moment to make a formal declaration. Nevertheless, it took many Nigerians by surprise.
The declaration elicited a lot of knocks from stakeholders, while others were cautiously optimistic about his chances in the general elections particularly. The following are the views of some of the respondents that spoke to our reporters.
Youths ready to reject Buhari
A consulting guru, leadership coach and public speaker, Mr. Fela Durotoye, said President Buhari’s intent to run for a second term is an indication that the President’s generation failed to groom a succeeding generation to take over from them. He said the youths are ready to make a statement with their voter’s cards, because it suggests that President Buhari’s generation does not believe in the leadership capacity of the younger generation.
Durotoye who has declared for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) said: “It is also an indictment on that generation that it has failed to raise leaders that would take over from them. It has failed to mentor and it has failed to empower…