Any doubts regarding President Buhari’s intention to gun for the presidency in 2019 were cleared on Tuesday by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.
Buhari, who has been away in London for nearly a month on medical vacation, is barely two years into his first tenure as President.
However, Babachir, while addressing a rally in Abuja organized by a pro-Buhari group, Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria, alluded to the president spending 8 years in office.
Said he, “The foundation being laid by the government is solid and nobody, even after the president has finished his eight years, can ever take us back to the pre-2015 days. This, I can assure you.”
Absolving the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of any direct responsibility for the prostrate state of the economy, the SGF said, “Baba Buhari didn’t anticipate the problem that we are in. The people who caused this problem are the ones challenging the government. I tell you that they will fail in the name of God. Shamelessly, they accused the president of not performing; and in fact, some of them wished him dead. But I can assure you that by the grace of God, he will outlive all of them.”
The APC government, Babachir noted, is confident of reinventing the Nigerian economy and returning it to its prosperous days.
“I assure you that by the grace of God, in the next one year, Nigeria will have a booming economy. We know what they were doing to try to sabotage the activities of government to bring Nigeria back to economic prosperity but the president is also aware. They will fail. Nigeria will never go back to the position it was before 2015,” he said.
Babachir, who is regarded as one of President Buhari’s closest allies, has been embroiled in a N200 million contract scam for which the Nigerian Senate wants him fired from his post as SGF. Buhari has, however, countered that he has no sufficient reasons to sack the SGF after conducting in-house investigations.