The Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, said on Wednesday that although President Muhammadu Buhari had not made up his mind on the 2019 presidential election, he deserved re-election.
Shittu said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after the meeting he had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The minister said persons he described as the President’s ardent supporters would prevail on him to seek re-election.
He said they would help Buhari to make up his mind so that Nigeria could continue to enjoy stability and progress.
Shittu said, “It goes without saying; if you have a child who goes to a primary school and he does well; he proceeds to a secondary school and he does well, and you keep asking if he will be going to university. It goes without saying.
“By the grace of God, we, his (Buhari’s) ardent supporters who appreciate his worth on behalf of millions of Nigerians, would urge him to re-contest.
“I know he has not made up his mind but I can say some of us can assist him in making up his mind so that Nigeria can continue to enjoy stability and progress in our land.”
The minister said he seized the opportunity of the meeting with the President to inform him that he had appointed a national chairman for the Board of Trustees of Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group.
He, however, did not disclose the identity of the chairman.
He also said the South West Zonal Office of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation would be inaugurated on January 20.
When asked if the development was an indication that campaign for 2019 had started, the minister responded, “Every day, since he (Buhari) came into office, all his activities are geared towards letting Nigerians know that they have a saviour, a rescuer, somebody who is committed to providing relief for Nigerians in all respects, in the area of fighting corruption, insurgency whether in the North-East or the Niger Delta; in the area of repairing the economy and providing jobs and providing social stability in the society.
“You will agree with me that today but for Buhari, Boko Haram would have invaded even Lagos.”