Nigeria: Balarabe, Makarfi, Others React to Buhari's Second Term Bid

President Muhammadu Buhari.

Some Nigerians have welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari's declaration of his second term bid.

But others too, especially members of the opposition political parties, have criticised the move.

They said in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto and Kaduna that the president would not find it easy going for second term.

Sidi Ali, Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, said, "Buhari has all it takes to re-contest and the decision is a welcome development.

"He is governing well and has the capacity to continue with the good work, and I am sure more good transformations will happen in the country, if he is re-elected."

Kasimu Chiyama, Chairman Dadin Kowa Youth Association in Kwannawa, Sokoto state expressed joy over the announcement.

"We will support him fully because he is the only candidate that has been good to Nigerians," he said.

Two Sokoto residents, Hauwa'u Magode and Abdullahi Maiyogot expressed excitement over President Buhari's position and prayed Allah to continue to guide him.

However, Samson Samuel, a student, faulted the decision, saying the president should consider his age and health status.

"The APC will surely make a mistake by nominating Buhari to re-contest.

"Buhari is a good leader but in recognition of his age and health status he should have rested, as he had spent most time during this tenure on medical treatment abroad."

Also, Balarabe Musa, former Governor of Kaduna State "welcomed the declaration" by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.

Mr. Musa, a chieftain of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) said in a telephone interview that his party would, however, come up with a strong candidate to challenge Buhari in the elections.

"President Muhammadu Buhari is welcome on board, but we want to assure Nigerians that the PRP has a presidential candidate to field in the 2019 general elections," he said.

Similarly, Ahmed Makarfi, former National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP), said in a text message that: "It's no news that he is contesting, it would have been news if he had announced the opposite."

The Sokoto state Secretary of PDP, Kabiru Aliyu, said Nigerians should vote out the APC or prepare for "another four years of hunger."

"Buhari's age and health condition are all in Allah's hand, but what is more of concern is good governance and ability to transform the country better.

"Nigerians should vote PDP to avoid continuous hunger and maladministration that subject people to hardships," Mr. Aliyu said.

President Buhari announced his intention to go for second term at the National Executive Council meeting of APC held in Abuja on Monday.(NAN)

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