Endorsement for second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari came from a strange quarter yesterday as a prominent opposition figure in People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Ebonyi State Governor, Mr. Dave Umahi, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.
Umahi , who is also the Chairman of South East Governors Forum stated this in an interview with State House correspondents during his visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, ahead of Buhari’s visit to Ebonyi, scheduled for next week.
Although many members of his party including Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, former Jigawa governor, SuleLamido, former Kano State governor Ibrahim Shekarau, former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and Former Vice President , Atiku Abubakar , who is being expected to defect back to PDP have signified their intention to vie for presidency in 2019, Umahi insisted that he wants President Buhari to vie for the highest post in the land.
Umahi said, “Any first term governor would want to go for second term. Whatever you wish yourself, you should be honest enough to wish another person the same.
“Since Mr. President is on his first term and I am on my first term, it is my wish to re-contest and I will as well wish the President the same thing: to re-contest,” the governor said.
In a similar vein, the Spiritual father and Chairman, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Ayo Ni O, Most Rev. Samuel Abidoye, also said that President Muhammadu Buhari deserves second term.
He stated that his administration had shown great commitment to the recovery of looted funds and fight against graft.
Abidoye made this call during the 77th annual convention/ conference of the church along Ilorin-Ibadan Expressway.
He said though Buhari was sick, he has recovered and would perform better if given the second term.
He said, “As far as I’m concerned, President Buhari is doing very good, what he has been doing since he assumed office with particular reference to the recovery of the nation’s stolen money had never been done by any government in this country before.
“In view of this, he needs more time to do this work very well in order to make Nigeria great again, so Nigerians should consider him for second term in office, let’s give him time to do more.”
Abidoye urged the Federal government to use the recovered looted fund for youth empowerment programme.
According to him, this would reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country and secure the nation’s future.
He advised Nigerians to support Buhari’s administration in its effort at implementing people oriented programmes..
He condemned excessive quest for materialism, adding that people should work hard and avoid inordinate ambitions.
He lamented the high rate of ritual killing, armed robbery and other social ills.
He advised Nigerians to be godly, adding that God blessed Nigeria with intelligent people and abundant natural resource for general good. He also counsel clerics to preach the right word of God and avoid ungodly conducts.
Abidoye said, “Ritual killing and kidnapping are all because of quick money. It’s a wrong way to look for money. People should stop engaging in them. What do they really want? When you can’t even take this money along when you die.
“We should think of nurturing our youth for future greatness since we will leave them behind when we’ve gone. If not they are used for war and other social ills when they are jobless or useless for national growth.
“We don’t need to go anywhere, we have everything in abundance in term of manpower and human development, wecan all make Nigeria great again.”