Nigeria: U.S., UK Not Pressuring Buhari to End 2nd Term Bid - Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari
14 August 2018

The Presidency has denied the report that there are foreign pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek reelection next year.

Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina described the report published by a national daily (not this paper) as "a tendentious story".

Adesina in a statement said story with the headline, 'Pressure mounts on Buhari not to seek re-election,' was a fiction paraded as news.

The story claimed that foreign powers, including the European Union, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, are putting pressure on President Buhari not to seek re-election, due to some concocted reasons.

"We thought fake news was the sole preserve of the social media in this season. Alas, a traditional medium has caught the bug. Obviously, the author of the story just got a brain wave, or got procured by anti-democratic elements, and then penned the mischief.

"If there are quarters in which President Buhari is held in very high esteem, and the work he is doing for Nigeria highly lauded, it is in the countries mentioned. Some of them are equally bastions of democracy, and will not interfere in the democratic affairs of a sovereign country. The newspaper should simply tell its story to the marines.

"President Buhari is not a flippant or frivolous individual. He gave deep thought to the prospect, before announcing his bid for a second term in office. It is only those who fear that their goose would be cooked, if they meet with him at the polls, that are trying to dissuade him from running by all means, including sponsored newspaper stories."

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