Nigerian government has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari has the right to re-contest in 2019.

It also spoke on what the government is doing about herdsmen killings across the country.

 The two issues are contained in ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letteradvising President Muhammadu Buhari against seeking re-election in 2019.

A press statement by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, noted that that many Nigerians have been calling on the President to run again, while others are opposed to his return.

“However, we believe this issue is a distraction for the President at this time. This is because Mr. President spends every waking hour tackling the enormous challenges facing the nation, most of which were bequeathed to his Administration by successive past Administrations.

“He is committed to fulfilling the mandate given to him by Nigerians in 2015. And that’s where we are right now”, he said.

 On the Herders/Farmers’ clashes, Mohammed said the Buhari government was determined to end the crisis resulting from this once and for all, not minding the fact that the clashes predate us.

“We urge Nigerians to have faith in the administration’s ability to resolve the crisis, and to watch out for concrete measures in this regard.

“We have no reason to believe that former President Obasanjo has any motive beyond the well-being of the nation in issuing his Special Press Statement. We have also taken his admonition in good faith, and we thank him most sincerely for taking time off his busy schedule to pen such a long statement,”‎ he said.


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