2019 elections: Buhari’s health will be a factor–Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari’s health status will determine whether or not he will seek reelection in 2019, the Presidency has said. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said this in an interview. “Yes, health is wealth. Health is wealth. The president is not a frivolous person. If he thinks that his health cannot carry anything, he will not do it. So, of course, his health will matter a lot. It will be very important, but we need to give the glory to God for the way he is now. “Everyday you see the president, you see a glow about him, you see a freshness about him. I think he’s even in a better state than when he came in 2015. It’s all to the glory of God.

“So, once he assesses that his health can carry it, there’s nothing wrong if he steps into the fray. But he has the final decision,” Adesina said. Adesina, who said it is Buhari’s right to seek reelection or leave office in 2019, noted that the president had not declared his intention. “Then, talking of his (Buhari’s) own personal ambition or lack of it, we have to wait until he blows the whistle. You can’t start a race until the whistle is blown. So, when he blows the whistle and say ‘yes, this is my ambition,’ then, the race start. So, for now, we just say that we keep waiting on him to tell us what direction to go,” he said.

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