2019: Why Atiku is not a threat to Buhari’s vic­tory – Oni­uwherin

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral/Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor, Buhari/Os­in­bajo Will Rule Again (BOWRA), Hon Faith Oni­uwherin, in this in­ter­view, says the good­will Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari en­joyed prior to the 2015 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion has tripled as 2019 ap­proaches, and t

Weekly Trust - - News - Ab­bas Ji­moh aily Trust: What’s your in­ter­est in the re-elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari? Hon Faith Oni­uwherin: DT: How do you see his re-elec­tion bid so far, par­tic­u­larly be­ing the sole can­di­date of the APC in a demo­cratic process? Oni­uwherin: DT

DWhen you are pre­sented with two colours like white and black, you should be able to choose white. As a mat­ter of fact, we had been in the dark, which is the best way to de­scribe the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, be­fore Pres­i­dent Buhari came and res­cued us. Our sup­port for him is due to the agenda he has for the na­tion and we have put in our en­ergy to en­sure that his drive, am­bi­tion, and vi­sion in the Nige­rian Project suc­ceeds.

That is the beauty of democ­racy. It was as a re­sult of the com­pe­tence of this ad­min­is­tra­tion in try­ing to en­sure that things are done prop­erly, in try­ing to en­sure that Nige­ria moves to the next level, that the party deemed it fit to hand­pick him as the sole can­di­date. And you saw how the process went. It went smoothly in all the states un­til he was fi­nally af­firmed dur­ing the last na­tional con­ven­tion.

That’s just the view of a few per­sons. I can as­sure you that the sup­port the pres­i­dent en­joyed in the last elec­tion has tripled as at to­day. Ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple who have said one or two neg­a­tive things about the pres­i­dent are those that are against our ad­vance­ment as a na­tion. Look­ing at the an­tecedents of the pres­i­dent in­ter­na­tion­ally and within the coun­try, you can tes­tify to the fact that he has per­formed cred­i­bly well.

I think it boils down to in­di­vid­ual opin­ion. Most of them who have said that may be say­ing it from one point of view. But gen­er­ally, the ac­tiv­i­ties of this gov­ern­ment have been bring­ing Nige­ri­ans to­gether in all ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

Again, it boils down to how they see it. You know there is free­dom of ex­pres­sion and free­dom of speech. Among these per­sons said to be per­se­cuted or tried by the courts, are there not All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) mem­bers? Of course, we have many APC mem­bers. If you can re­call the pres­i­dent’s speech dur­ing his in­au­gu­ra­tion, he said he is for every­body and for no­body. So, you will agree with me that it is not se­lec­tive.

There are so many ar­eas. For in­stance, Nige­ri­ans have seen that within this pe­riod of his be­ing in of­fice, is­sues of cor­rup­tion have re­duced dras­ti­cally and that is why you see most peo­ple say­ing there is no food and that they are hun­gry. The loopholes have been blocked and things are be­ing done or­derly and ac­cu­rately com­pared to the past. An­other im­por­tant area is the ease of do­ing busi­ness. It has im­proved in the sense that you have the pres­i­den­tial or­der that has just been re­leased last week where you now have a re­duc­tion in get­ting a busi­ness regis­tra­tion done with the Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CAC) with the sum of N5,000, all as a way of en­cour­ag­ing and cre­at­ing a space to em­power those group of per­sons, Nige­ri­ans who are do­ing one lit­tle busi­ness or an­other.

It is good to know that Al­haji Atiku Abubakar is be­ing con­sid­ered as an ea­gle but I want to as­sure you that the big­ger ea­gle is in charge. As a mat­ter of fact, he is not just in charge; he has the sup­port of Nige­ri­ans. He is never a threat to this ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Hon Faith Oni­uwherin

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