The Special Adviser to the President on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Sunday gave reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari is delaying the declaration of his ambition in the 2019 presidential election.
According to him, its an attempt to prevent opponents from sabotaging the country. If the President speaks too early about his ambition, he explained that it may give ammunition to unnamed opponents to throw everything at him and sabotage the country, The Nation reports.
He said that the President cannot speak on his intention to run or not to run with the election still about one year away as he knows the consequences of doing so.
On when the president will declare his intention, he said: “You know the peculiarity of Nigeria particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country.
“You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run.’ Because they know that if the president runs, others people should just run a way because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him. So, they want to discourage him from running.
“Now, if he tells you ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running.
“So, when you know that, why then do you speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage.” he added