Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, at the Presidential Villa on Monday, 12 of August, said that President Muhammed Buhari will run for president in the 2019 elections and has chosen Professor Osibanjo as his running mate.
The president also vetoed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 citing that the provisions of the bill might affect the interpretation and application of the principal act. This action will invalidate the use of the electronic card reader during the forthcoming elections.
His declaration alongside the veto has generated strongly opinionated mixed reactions from Nigerians:
Attention @USEmbassyAbuja and @UKinNigeria. For the second time, Nigeria's President @MBuhari has vetoed the amended Electoral Act. Use of Card Readers is in danger right now. Buhari DOES NOT want transparent elections. Nigeria's democracy in danger.
- Nedu Ekeke #BBOG (@Nedunaija) August 14, 2018
To be frank with you, sometimes I want Buhari to win 2nd term so that many people who have refused to have sense will be taught a bitter lesson. But then again, I think about the millions of amazing Nigerians & I scream NEVER AGAIN.
- Adeyanju Deji 🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) August 13, 2018
It's funny sha, Buhari's Govt has not even done anything against me personally, but Buhari's Govt detained YOU for days and I joined in trending hashtag for your release.
Now look at you famzing this same Govt?
Oga, the Mumu wey dey worry you is wearing Turban. 😄😄😄 https://t.co/V8wLOLKcQL
- Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) August 12, 2018
Others have maintained their stance on his declaration saying it is a good step:
I'd rather have an imperfect Buhari for another four years than put shameless criminals back in charge.
- Ediong (@Ediong) August 13, 2018
you people should STOP fooling your selves @OfficialPDPNig is dead and buried... #confusedstateofmind
- Muazzamz_dattawa (@Muazzamz) August 14, 2018
It is only God that can make someone popular the way BUHARI is popular all across the North..
He's just like Usman Danfodio
In the North... If u like be a former President or Gov, once u are not on Buhari 's side... The People will never be on your side... 😂 BABAJIDE OTITOJU pic.twitter.com/BgoMR20xi5
- CBN Gov Akinsola Ak🇳🇬 (@cbngov_akin1) August 14, 2018
Once again, his certificate saga has be dusted:
Brigadier-General Muhammadu Buhari with the Commandant of the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Major-General DeWitt C. Smith Jnr., on completion of his Masters degree in Strategic Studies, 1980. pic.twitter.com/ixSWyXmPxS
- Ayekooto (@DeeOneAyekooto) August 13, 2018
Actually, the school has confirmed that Buhari received a Diploma not Master's degree from this programme. US Army War College began to award Master's degrees in 2000. https://t.co/TC0ertrUMd
- Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) August 13, 2018