The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is deliberately delaying declaring whether he will contest the 2019 presidential poll or not.
Buhari’s declaration at the moment, according to the Presidency, will be exploited by his political opponents, to discourage him from joining the race.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, explained that early declaration by Buhari on the 2019 Presidency will attract sabotage of his administration from all fronts.
Adesina said that is why Buhari is keeping everyone in suspense until the appropriate time.
“You know the peculiarity of Nigeria, particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country.
“You have also heard so many have said, ‘don’t run,’ because they know that if the president runs, other people would just run away because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell of beating him. So, they want to discourage him from running.
“Now, if he tells you, ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running.
“So, when you know that, why then speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage,” he explained.