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Buhari Northerners will support President even if he is on a wheelchair – ACF

Yakubu also said Nigerians have continued to express their support for Buhari through their prayers.

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President Muhammadu Buhari sends Sallah greetings to Nigerians


A member of the Hausa socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Mohammed Alhaji Yakubu has said that the North will vote for President Buhari in 2019 even if he is on a wheelchair.

According to Vanguard, Yakubu said Nigerians have continued to express their support for Buhari through their prayers.

The Arewa chieftain also said that no President in the history of Nigeria has been shown such goodwill.

Yakubu said “There is no Nigerian leader that has received this type of support and prayer in our recent history. I must first of all thank them. The president’s health challenge is something that can happen to anybody. We had President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, this type of health condition happened to him. So in the case of Buhari, he had transmitted power to his deputy, as constitution demanded, and I think there is nothing to fear.

“If he had not transmitted power to his deputy or his case was like that of Yar’Adua, I would have been more worried. And so far the acting president is capable; he has shown some level of vibrancy, there is no cause for alarm.

“God forbid bad thing, supposing the president dies today, there is nothing anybody can do. God has appointed a time for every human being to be born and to die. For now, we will continue to pray for our president and wish him quick return to the country. And I will continue to appreciate Nigerians who are praying and supporting the president.”

He also condemned calls for the President to resign, saying ”I will not advise him to resign. You will recall that when former President Olusegun Obasanjo was asking the then ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to resign, I granted an interview to your newspaper, as the youth leader of Northern Union, telling Nigerians that even on wheelchair, we will support Yar’Adua to rule the country. Unfortunately he died.

"I am also making the same statement today that Buhari should not resign, even if he is on wheelchair, North and people of Nigeria will vote him in 2019. I am not just associating myself with Buhari, I am advocating for good governance under President Buhari.

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“I don’t think that it is proper for anybody to humiliate Buhari out of office by mounting pressure on him to resign. It is not fair; it is not just, it is not proper. We have election time table, if you don’t like him, vote him out during the election, but I will not support anybody that will want to humiliate the President out of office. As long as he is alive, it is not right to demand of him to resign.”

President Buhari is currently in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

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