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10 Apr 2018

Presidential Aide, Femi Adesina Mocks 'Voodoo Priests' Who Asked Buhari Not To Run For Second Term

The presidential special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has reacted to the declaration of the president to run for a second term.

Shortly after President Muhamamdu Buhari announced his intention to run for a second term in office, his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, described those who asked the president not to seek a second term in office as “voodoo priests”.

Recall that former Nigerian leaders, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, had asked President Buhari to step down in 2019 and give the younger generation a go at the presidency.

According to TheCable, while commenting on Buhari's declaration, Adesina said those against Buhari staying in office beyond 2019 were acting like “they had become emergency referees”, adding that they wanted to stop Buhari from becoming the greatest leader in the country’s history.

He said; “And then, some voodoo priests came: don’t run for a second term. Give way to younger people. Take a well-deserved rest. Blah blah blah. As if they were the beginning and end of democracy.

“The motive was simple: we must dissuade this man from running so that he wouldn’t become the greatest ever Nigerian leader. He must not become the authentic national hero.

“All types of cards were being flashed, yellow, green, red, purple, as if they had become emergency referees. But President Buhari kept his peace. No abuse for abuse, no railing for railing. When you are in the marketplace, you concentrate on the person you are transacting a deal with, and ignore the noise of the market.”

Adesina asked other contenders interested in the presidential race to “run away”, saying “the cat has returned from a journey, let the rats scamper for safety.”

The presidential spokesman who pledged his support to Buhari, added that the election will be free and fair, devoid of “wuru-wuru or mago-mago”.

He said; “I have always said it privately and in public. If President Muhammadu Buhari decides to run for a second term in 2019, I would support him.

“There will be no doomsday, as the election will be free and fair. No wuru-wuru or mago-mago under Buhari’s watch, no matter what. A man that swears to his own hurt.

“Nigerians will decide early next year. The greater the challenge, the sweeter the victory.”

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