By Mustapha Adamu, Kano
President Muhammadu Buhari is fit to seek second term come 2019, according to his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Kawu Sumaila.
Speaking to journalists at Kano Government House on Monday, Mr Sumaila said only medical reports by Mr Buhari’s doctors could rule him out of contesting for re-election in 2019.
According to him, there was no cause for alarm as speculation on Mr Buhari’s ill health was rife even before the 2015 elections.
He said the president’s health condition was always exaggerated by some “unscrupulous elements who do not mean well to the country”.
“I am confident Buhari is fit to seek second term in 2019. Buhari is 74 years old and it is normal for a person of that age to fall sick. The issue of Buhari’s sickness has been severally speculated even before the 2015 elections,”
“Unless if a medical reports by Buhari’s doctors rule him out of contesting, there is no going back in his bid for second term in 2019. Some people were speculating he was sick in 2015 but he contested and won the election,” He added
The former lawmaker further expressed optimism that Mr Buhari would be hale and hearty to start campaign for 2019.
He however stressed that no presidential candidate would scare Mr Buhari from contesting, noting that he is the most loved politician by the teeming masses.
Mr Sumaila maintained that president Mr Buhari was taking Nigeria to the promise land, noting that the President has restored Nigeria’s image in the committee of nations.
He also said the relationship between the National Assembly and the Presidency was cordial, noting “no proxy relationship between NASS and presidency.”