Nigerians on Twitter React to President Buhari Running For Re-election
The 74 year-old leader will run for re-election in 2019 and many Nigerians are simply over it.
Despite widespread speculation about the state of his health and his plans to run for re-election, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has announced that he will run for second term in office next year.
The announcement was made via the Presidency of Nigeria's Twitter page. "President @MBuhari has just announced his intention to seek the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and contest for a second term of Office in the 2019 elections." read the tweet.
Nigerians online have had mixed reactions to the news, but it seems like most are not in favor of him running for another term. Many believe the 74-year-old president should make room for a younger, more progressive leader, calling out his notably slow-moving leadership. After all, a good leader should also know when it's time to step down.
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to run for the office of the President of The Federal Republi… https://t.co/R8foQKHpij— Bello El-Rufai (@Bello El-Rufai) 1523274442.0
@uzuazo1 @NGRPresident @MBuhari I still wonder what's left for Mr President to perform, we are tired of old people… https://t.co/gttvnkOzd9— Marko April (@Marko April) 1523275161.0
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will reportedly seek re-election at the age of 75 to govern Africa's most popul… https://t.co/cOZ24mfzSU— Ryan Cummings (@Ryan Cummings) 1523273299.0
Nelson Mandela could have won second term easily, but he stepped down. He said “ At 75 I should be at home with my… https://t.co/kZ8zXBRo2q— PEREZ (@PEREZ) 1523277403.0
Many are shocked about the decision given ongoing concerns about his health. Others are simply not having it, and are using humor to address the issue—sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.
NEWS: President Buhari Declares Intention To Run For Second Term. Nigerians: https://t.co/gCmfH4ONfM— Naija Virals (@Naija Virals) 1523277417.0
Buhari wants to run for a second term Me: Don't say it again https://t.co/yi8J4mYisQ— 🇳🇬 THIN TALL CEEJAY 🇳🇬 (@🇳🇬 THIN TALL CEEJAY 🇳🇬) 1523275251.0
Nigerians after 2019 election and Buhari lost. https://t.co/cTqVSHe6SS— ★Ugℓу Nαke∂ Gυу 🇳🇬 (@★Ugℓу Nαke∂ Gυу 🇳🇬) 1523043163.0
@NGRPresident @MBuhari Breaking news, Nigerians have just announced their intentions to send Buhari back to Daura c… https://t.co/ds1SbTE8ao— Nduji Chukwudi (@Nduji Chukwudi) 1523273426.0
Buhari is on an obvious mission to sink Nigeria to its barest minimum.— ✨March 15✨ (@✨March 15✨) 1523275517.0
The Buhari that the rest of the world sees vs The Buhari that APC sees as fit to run for Presidency in 2019. https://t.co/VmZcYL9sky— 👑DaddyMo👑 (@👑DaddyMo👑) 1523283840.0
Buhari is currently in the UK to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with Theresa May Theresa May on April 16. The president left for the country a week early, leading many to believe that he was there seeking medical treatment ahead of the meeting. The president spent three months in the UK last year on an extended "medical leave."