The Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to take those he referred to as “empty barrel Nigerian elite’’ serious on their call that he should not seek a re-election in 2019.
The first class traditional ruler, who was obviously angered by statements credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military President Ibrahim Babangida that Buhari should not seek a re-election, the Lamidoo said in Yola today, Tuesday, that Buhari had achieved a lot and should proceed to seek a second term.
Buhari who is currently in Yola for a visit, was at the palace of the Lamido to pay homage.
“I am calling you to remain focused, stand firm and don’t listen to the empty barrel Nigerian elite who are calling you not to contest 2019 presidential election.
“They are burying their heads in shame and telling people that Buhari-led government has done nothing,” Muhammadu Barkindo noted.
Thanking the Lamido for his support, Buhari said that he had fulfilled major promises made to electorate during his political campaign.
He said that the fight against corruption and maintenance of peace and security were among the priorities of his administration.
“We appreciate security progress in the North East and the country at large,” he said.
He explained also that economic development had improved, especially in agriculture.
“We are lucky that for the past two years farmers across the country experienced excellent harvests,” Buhari said.
He said that Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Central Bank of Nigeria would continue to support famers in years to come in order to sustain sufficient national food production and economy growth.
He said he was aware of the abandoned Chochi water and irrigation project in Yola South local government area and explained that no one should be blamed for it.