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Nigeria’s Buhari Poised on Seeking Re-election Despite Health Scare

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After months of speculation about the future plans of Nigeria’s President, Aso Rock has officially confirmed he will be seeking another term during elections scheduled for February 2019.

Much of last year was spent in Britain by the 75-year-old head-of-state undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness. Sparking condemnation and accusations from the opposition about his fitness for office and ability to lead.

Supporters of the president have credited Nigeria not falling into a recession to Buhari. He will have to contest in the primary to secure his name on the All Progressives Congress (APC) party ticket in order to contest for next year’s elections. The presidency took to Twitter to make such an announcement.

The statesman was deposed back in 1985 when he led the country in a military junta. His regime lasted a little over a year.

Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 to cling the presidency, it was his fourth attempt at staging a comeback as a civilian to the helm of power in Africa’s most populous country. He promised to fight corruption and rein in the radical Islamist armed group Boko Haram.

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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