* Obasanjo & Babangida
The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Kurfi, has declared that those who don’t want President Muhammadu Buhari to run in the 2019 election are envious of him.
According to him, the former heads of state such as Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida who allegedly did not achieve much, are envious of Buhari’s achievements.
Kurfi also claimed that all the senators are behind Buhari for a second term.
Kurfi also said Buhari will soon declare his intention to seek for re-election in 2019 after completion of ongoing consultations.
The lawmaker said this in Abuja at the closing ceremony of a one-week leadership training programme organised by the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, NCBSG.
The leadership programme was for NCBSG coordinators nationwide.
He noted, “Buhari by God’s grace he will declare his intention for his re-election in 2019.”
The Senator, who is representing Katsina Central, further said President Buhari was bidding for more time to decide on his re-election bid, adding the president was consulting widely at the moment.
He said, “For Buhari to say governors should give him more time as regards 2019, for me, it is a wise decision. He cannot take the decision without consultation. He has to have some people who will advise him.
“I know Buhari is doing a very wider consultation and I am positive Buhari by God’s grace he will declare his intention for his re-election in 2019.
“All Senators are with Buhari. I do not know of anyone who is on the other side. In the senate we are the majority.
“They are all helping Buhari to come back in 2019. If Buhari does not come back or gets re-elected then we are going to lose.
“Those who are saying that he (Buhari) should not contest in 2019 are envious of him.
“These people are all former Heads of States. They did not perform during their tenure; they are envious of him. I do not blame them if it were you, you will do the same.
“They are not happy because he is performing. During their time there was a lot of corruption. As far as I am concerned President Buhari has performed excellently and there is no past president that has performed like him.
“For example there was a time that people cannot go to the mosque or church due to the fear of Boko Haram but now he has eliminated Boko Haram. The corruption which we inherited is no more. Buhari is a performer.
“For a person to have this kind of followers it means Buhari is doing very well. With this kind of crowd it means President Buhari is performing.
“I am assuring you that 2019 will be a better year than 2015. We are all proud of President Muhammadu Buahri. Since inception of this administration he has not failed.
“He has defeated Boko Haram. He is tackling corruption without fear or favour. When the head is clean certainly the bottom will be clean.
“We will follow this leader and by the grace of God in 2019, there is nobody else than Muhammadu Buhari. We want everybody to be carried along in the scheme of things.
“I am sure this crowd will do a good job for Buhari in 2019. Everybody should come out and vote during the forthcoming general election in 2019.”