Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has rallied round his boss following growing concerns that the present administration has not lived up to expectations.
Mr Adesina who expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari will win if he contests another election, said the President who has two more years in his tenure, has been silent on seeking another term. But some of his allies have been hinting at the president contesting in 2019. Recall that inn February, Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, said Buhari would spend eight years in office.
“The foundation being laid by the government is solid. And nobody, even after the president has finished his eight years can ever take us back to the pre-2015 days,” he had told crowd of supporters in Abuja.
Speaking as a guest on Sunday Politics, a programme on Channels Television, Adesina said his principal had done very well.
Seun Okinbaloye, anchor of the programme, had asked, “Do you think if President Muhammadu Buhari goes to the poll today, he can win an election?” Responding, Adesina said: “That would depend on Nigerians, but if you ask me as an individual, I will say, yes, the president can win and win again and again.”
On the demand of Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman of the house of representatives committee on appropriation, that the president should step down based on his health condition, Adesina said over 15 million Nigerians voted for Buhari and one man cannot ask the president to quit.
The presidential spokesman however made it clear that Jibrin was entitled to his opinion.
“That rep (Jibrin) has given an opinion. He has a right to his opinion. We don’t begrudge him that, no one should begrudge him. But his opinion is just his opinion, it’s not the gospel,” he said.