The Minister of Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, has revealed that he and other supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari will get the President to contest for a second term in 2019.
According to him, a four-year tenure is not enough for President Buhari to carry out his plans for Nigeria.
Shittu said this while featuring as a guest on the Breakfast Chat with South West Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) in Ibadan, recently.
The minister argued that Buhari, who is presently in London, UK, on medical vacation, has delivered on his campaign promise of tackling insurgency and fighting corruption.
He said: “It is for the interest of Nigeria. We have had in this country series of administrations in the last 18 years. But what did we have to show for it? We know that Nigeria was brought to its knees because of the level of corruption. It is also because governance has not been focused on value added services. It has been an era of impunity. Impunity leads to disorderliness, lawlessness and cheating on the masses of the people. But we have a president who committed himself to a three-point agenda of fighting corruption, insecurity and to repair the economy.
“Everybody will agree that the fight on corruption has been sustained and the era of impunity has been banished under President Buhari. Again, he has succeeded in routing out of Nigeria the element of violence, not only in the North where Boko Haram held sway but also in the Niger Delta where militants had been restive.
“On the economy, President Buhari has blocked all loopholes through the Treasury Single Account (TSA) where corruption and moneys due to Nigeria were been siphoned. He has also introduced so many economic measures to try to stabilize the local currency, encourage Foreign Direct Investments into the country and get the economy on its feet.”
President Buhari has been away from the country for almost three months, treating an undisclosed ailment and there are fears concerning his ability to continue in office.
But Shittu expressed confidence that the President would return soon, healthy, strong and fit to return to his duties.