Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria said he declared his intention to run for another term in office on Monday because Nigerians appreciate what his Administration is doing to uplift their standard of living.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, in a statement in Abuja, said Buhari stated this when he received the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London on Wednesday.
President Buhari had on April 9, 2018, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019.
“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not.
“So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction.
“The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting,’’ President Buhari told the Archbishop.
The President recounted some successes of the Administration to his guest, with whom he had built a deep friendship in recent times, and was quite particular about strides in agriculture.
“we have cut the importation of rice by about 90 percent, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture.
“Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” he said.