The Presidency has said that the 800 metres trekking embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari from the Eid-ground in Daura to his private residence is an indication of his fitness to seek re-election in 2019.
After the Eid-prayers on Tuesday, Buhari shunned protocol and opted to trek some 800 metres, acknowledging cheers from Daura indigenes who tried to catch a glimpse of him.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said, “I think there are two things here; one is to say that the President is responsive to the enormous support and commitment of his own people that had come out in their numbers to see him and he just decided that he couldn’t go on riding in a blacken vehicle and he came out and walked to the distance.
“The second thing, he is curious that these days, one or two people who are aspiring to be President are campaigning on their youthfulness and good health.
“I think the president has done one thing today – that the issue is not how old one is but how fit; how healthy he is. Now that the President has proven his fitness and well-being, to continue in office is a settled matter
“I think that if people want to campaign against him they should do so on issue that are of significance to Nigerians. The President is fit, he is healthy; he is good to go.
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