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2019 Election: CAN, Afenifere, Ohaneze, Arewa Oppose Buhari

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The Nigerian civil societies, sociocultural organisations, and religious associations including the Campaign for Democracy; the Youth Wing of the Christian.

The Nigerian civil societies, sociocultural organisations, and religious associations including the Campaign for Democracy; the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ohaneze, Arewa, Afenifere and others have attacked President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term re-election bid.

On 3rd January, 2018, President Buhari appointed the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director-General of his 2019 re-election campaign.

Since last year, most prominent members of the All Progressives Congress, including Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, have expressed their support for the President’s re-election.

Several chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, including Minister of Communication,  Adebayo Shittu, and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, have urged Mohammadu Buhari to seek for re-election.

Buhari himself, twice last year, hinted that he would seek re-election in 2019. He gave the hint in Cote d’Ivoire during a summit on counter-terrorism and also during his recent visit to Kano State.

“It would be disastrous for the APC as a party if the killings are not stopped, if murderers are not brought to book. — Afenifere

The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, on its part, warned that the killings across the country by Fulani herdsmen and other armed groups could affect the electoral chances of the ruling APC in the 2019 polls.

Afenifere spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, insisted that the President could not pretend that all was well with the country while murderous attacks were carried out by criminal elements daily.

“Definitely, they (herdsmen killings) will have grave implications for the APC in 2019 if the killings continue,” he stated on Friday.

Buhari betrayed Nigerians  — CAN

Also, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said that the current administration of Buhari had not shown willingness to check the rampaging herdsmen, describing this as a betrayal of the confidence Nigerians had in the Buhari administration.

In a statement by President of CAN, Doctor Samson Ayokunle:

“While the government has taken the battle to Boko Haram terrorists, the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Badoo boys, the Niger Delta Avengers and other groups, the government has not shown any serious willingness to check the murderous Fulani herdsmen. This to us is a betrayal of the confidence reposed in this government by Nigerians when they voted it into power.”

“Who are the suppliers of these weapons? If the murderous herdsmen are foreigners, as it is being claimed in some quarters, why did we allow dangerous foreigners into our country to come and kill us? Our government has a case to answer too,” he insisted.

Don’t expect re-election in 2019, YOWICAN tells Buhari

Also, the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said that the President should not waste his time and “his already exhausted energy” to seek re-election in 2019.

The YOWICAN National President, Daniel Kadzai, said that Buhari had “no moral right to contest again, considerin