After God, We Should Commend Buhari - Amaechi
After God, We Should Commend Buhari - Amaechi

Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), was persuaded and pressed to run for president by Nigerians.

He was responding to the President’s remarks about his plans for the presidential race in 2023.

Buhari claimed in an interview carried on NTA on Thursday that he had given his all for Nigeria and that he was looking forward to the time after he leaves office in 2023 when he will be less busy.

The President said, “About my age, I see my colleagues, they are now resting, and I assure you that I look forward to the next 17 months when I too will be less busy.

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“The age is telling on me, working now for six, seven to eight hours per day in the office is no joke — there are questions of the executive council, memos from as many states as possible to be considered virtually every week. Really, it’s a lot of hard work, but as I’ve said, I asked for it and I cannot complain.

“I have been a governor, I have been a minister, and I’m in my second term as president. So, I’ve gone through all the systems and really, what else can I do for this country? I have given my best.”

Shehu, who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Friday, responded by saying that the President was correct in saying that he had given his all for the country.

He said, “The president can be very casual sometimes in speaking and jovial and jocularly; I think this is what people fail to understand of him. They need to understand how he was persuaded and pressured to even run in the first instance.

“He had served as governor, minister and military Head of State and that’s the highest it could get. He had retired home and Nigerians came and said you are the right person for this moment, we need you. It took some persuasion.

“So, yes, it is right for the person to say he has given his best and when the time is up, some other person will take over”.

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