2023: I've Favorite Presidential Candidate But Won't Name Him Now - Buhari - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, January 5, 2022

2023: I've Favorite Presidential Candidate But Won't Name Him Now - Buhari

••• Fears They will Eliminate His Favorite Presidential Candidate if I Name Him Now 

 •channels tv team and Buhari yesterday

The Daily Crucible |  Thursday, January 6, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday revealed that he has already a favorite presidential candidate for the nation's February 2023 presidential election but won't mention the person's name publicly now lest "they" eliminate him before the election.

 The President dropped the bombshell during an interview with Channels Television when asked to name his successor.

Buhari who first disclosed that he did not have anybody in mind, however, said he would not name the identity of the person.

He said: “I don’t have any favourite for 2023 and if I do, I won’t reveal his identity because if I do, he may be eliminated before the election. I better keep it secret.”

Although, the President defended his decision not to assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill initially but said during the interview that he would sign the bill once the legislators correct the identified anomalies.

Buhari said: “Personally, I don’t support direct primaries. Let the people be given options and let them choose the option that is best for them.

He added: “I didn’t tell the legislators what I didn’t like. All I said is that, there should be options and once that is done, I will sign.”

He scored his administration high on security, saying a lot has been done and more efforts are being explored to restore peace.

He said: “When we came into power in 2015, about 18 local government areas in the Northeast were under the control of Boko Haram. But, none of those areas is still under Boko Haram now.” 

 He also said his government was going after terrorists with full military might because that is the language they understand.

The President rejected the idea of state police, saying: “State police is not an option. Find out the relationship between local government and the governors. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Are they getting it? Let the people in local government tell you the truth, the fight between local governments and the governors.

“How many times did we have to release money to states in the name of bailouts to enable them pay salaries?

“How many states are able to pay their workers in time? And you add the police to them? People should look at this matter well.

“No, I am not convinced. We should have solved the current insecurity in the Northeast and South-South by now. Will  the states be able to shoulder the burden of the police?

“You cannot just give someone guns and ammunition, train him and refuse to pay him. You know what will eventually happen,” the President said.

On the reports of farmers/herders clashes in the country, he  wondered why there should be such occurrences among people that hitherto, coexisted peacefully.

“For example, there were two governors that came to see me about problems – Oyo State and one other state – because the herders were in their forests, but the animals were going into the neighbouring farms, and eating the crops; I said, as far as I know, the farmers and herders have been co-existing in Nigeria for generations.

“Let them go and ask the local leadership what has gone wrong, why the break in communication between the local leadership and the herders.”

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