By Adenike Lucas
Despite a very poor performance in his first term, 75-year-old President Muhammadu Buhari has announced his plans for 2019.
President Buhari, who is set to travel to London in a few hours, announced his intention to seek re-election at a meeting involving members of his party, today.
The President said he was responding to the clamour by Nigerians to re-contest in 2019, adding that he wanted to give the National Executive Committee, NEC the honour of notifying them first.
If successful, President Buhari would be 81 when he leaves office.
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The President has the support of a few governors, among them is the Governor of Kaduna, who first tweeted President Buhari’s proposed plan to stay in office past 2019.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has previously slated President Buhari saying then that he has nothing to offer and he should retire.
Only recently, the same Governor who wrote a scathing letter to the President about his poor performance, gave an interview calling on President Buhari to seek office again because he is the best candidate for Nigeria.
In truth, many prominent Nigerians including two former heads of state, have called on President Buhari to retire after May 2019, because of his failure to “kill corruption,” or end the killings by herdsmen in the north central.
During the 2015 election, President Buhari promised to tackle unemployment, corruption and also solve the problem of insurgency.
However, during his reign, Boko Haram, a terrorist group has kidnapped more school girls, despite a swap deal and amnesty from the government.
A recent corruption index showed that the President has failed to deliver his promise to “kill corruption.”
Transparency International, TI Nigeria scored 27/100 and ranked 148 out of 180 countries in 2017.
By contrast, when Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was leading, Nigeria scored 26/100 and was ranked 136.
The index which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption was a massive blow to President Buhari who has kept a “corrupt” man, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, in charge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC despite an indicting report written against him by the Secret Police.
Shortly before making the declaration, the President presented a speech on the report submitted by the APC National Executive Technical Committee.