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Buhari Formally Declares Intention to Contest in 2015 Presidential Election



Muhammadu Buhari

Former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, has officially declared his intention to run for president in the 2015 elections.

He will be contesting on All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, according to Sahara Reporters.

Buhari made the announcement today at Eagle Square, Abuja.

During his speech, he stated that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was responsible for the poor shape of the nation. He promised to make the country better if elected.

Here are some excerpts from his speech:

The interference in the wish of the people, which PDP has practised since 2003, is the worst form of injustice: denying people their right to appraise their candidate. Whether they like it or not, injustice cannot endure.

Since 1999, PDP has presided over our country’s decline. Nigeria, in my experience, has never been so divided, so polarised by an unthinking government, hellbent on ruling and stealing. We in the APC are resolved to stop them in their tracks and rescue Nigeria from the stranglehold of PDP…

I want to pay tribute to Nigerians who are enduring all sorts of hardship and degradations on a daily basis.

Many are grappling with extreme poverty and barely eking out a living. Nearly all are in living in the fear of their lives, also of their friends and family, due to insurgency by the godless movement called Boko Haram.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is everyone’s duty to resolve and help overcome these immense challenges. I will like to appreciate members of our armed forces under the new leadership. I will also like to commend the police for their efforts in confronting these challenges…”

The event was attended by Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi; Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole; Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola; Governor of Nasarawa State, TankoAl-Makura; and some former governors and APC members.


  1. Bola Odu

    October 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    All we want is good leaders

  2. Josiah Eme

    October 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Buhari is a popular candidate. I wish him the best

  3. Bobo

    October 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Whats the point of voting sef? So much for democracy….same ‘ol circle. We might as well just sit back and watch. All we do is hope..hope…hope!

  4. puce

    October 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Yes! Sir, what did you forget at ASO ROCK that want go collect nor? These ‘bellyticians’ i tire o. Anyways goodluck!

  5. @edDREAMZ

    October 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    As usual he will loose again thats for sure..

  6. Aisha

    October 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    APC just made it easy for Jonathan to win next year. Instead of them to look within their party and find someone it’s this old monkey they dug out.

  7. Ashley B

    October 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Excuse me Sir…….. Your MANIFESTO should have just read, Blah blah blah!! Do these old men really believe we young Nigerians believe them anymore!! Buhari, u r no worse than ur PDP cohort. In my OPINION, A man of 72 yrs old going into the presidential office has nothing to offer the younger Nigerian Generation, I suspect his presidential agenda will do more for his autobiography/biography than the Price of garri for the plebs!!!!!

    • see

      November 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      +1. Thank you! I agree with everything you said @AshleyB

  8. Adelaide

    October 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Are you mad?! Are you mad?! ughhhh at 72? what happened to the children of tomorrow?, pls your time has passed, let us rule us. It’s like giving a modern day teenager a Nokia 3310. Sorry BN for the cuss words

  9. Debby

    October 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    If u want a corrupt free government nd d best development ever, dis is d man. I bet u if he wins, Jonathan nd his corrupt followers nd all d evil men will be in jail. Pls vote Jonathan out, he is weaker Dan d weakest!!!!! I don’t care abt d party, all I want is good governance nd someone who will redeem our pride out dere.

    • Iris

      October 16, 2014 at 2:04 am

      So what will he do that is different from what he did in the 80s? Maybe instead of using koboko to flog civil servants he will upgrade to frog jump. Their time has passed. They have money for life, but it is not enough. They want to die on top of that seat.

    • Garba

      October 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Subject: Igbo Intolerance

      An informal Census was conducted by an Igbo Organization. The Group discovered that there are Twenty Million Igbos living in Northern Nigeria, out of which Sixteen Million are permanently resident and Four Million are Economic Migrants moving on seasonal basis.
      In addition, they found out that there are Four Million Northerners living in Igbo Land, out of which Two Million are permanent residents and the remaining Two Million are Economic Migrants switching on seasonal basis. What is intriguing was that the entire Four Million Northerners living in Igbo land are uneducated menial laborers and petty traders viz watchmen, Cattle attendants in abattoirs, Cobblers etc.

      To their consternation, there was a single account of a Tiv Man, a Christian, from Benue who built a Petrol Station along Enugu bye-pass in Enugu State, however, on the day of commissioning the indigenes discovered that the Station belonged to a Northerner and insisted vehemently by interdicting its operations , that the said Station must be sold to an Igbo Indigene before it would be allowed to operate.
      Today, throughout Nigeria, it is only in Igbo Land that no other Nigerian is allowed to gain admission into their Universities, Employment or Political appointments in their domains. Yet, in the North and the South West there are States that have appointed Igbos as Commissioners and Advisers eg Lagos, Kano, Yobe, Borno etc.

      As big as the Onitsha International Market, no other tribe is allowed from Yoruba land or the North to have even a corner shop, yet they are in all Markets across the North and South West without any hinderance.

      Anyim Pius Anyim, is the only SGF in Nigerian History that has 100% Igbos as support Staff in his Office. Is he an SGF for Nigeria or Biafra?

      And now under Jonathan’s administration the Igbos have taken undue advantage of the President’s benovelance and unusual magnanimity and influenced over 40% of all strategic Federal appointments to the exclusion of even GEJ’s deep South South with the core Middle Belt being worst hit by this lopsidedness . See the FRSC then under Chidoka was moved from Jos to Enugu and several other instances like this.
      Igbos should be persuaded to learn to tolerate others!!!

  10. Forchebs

    October 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    As good a person as people think Buhari is, they tend to forget that his sectional mindset disqualifies him from ruling an entity called Nigeria in a democratic dispensation. In recent times Buhari has finally spoken against BokoHaram, I wonder why? Perhaps the monster they used to sympathize with has grown out of control or perhaps because election is at hand and the likes of Buhari can no longer justify their silent endorsement of evil. This Government yes indeed has a lot of short comings I agree but the point I want to make is that in our quest to change leadership we must not reward and condone the bloody path used as a strategy to achieve that change. The southwest got the presidency through their sustained media war, the South South got the presidency through a sustained agitation for resource control but mostly through an act of God though some might think it came through the manipulations of a former president with an innate hatred for the southeast. while the south East will one day get the presidency through collective unity and a strategy of patience, However those that have chosen a bloody path, murdering their brothers and sisters in Nationhood, and those that gave their silent approval as a strategy to destabilize the Country/Govt to achieve their aim of attaining power must be sent a message that while we might not be able to prosecute them, they should also not smell the Presidency for at least 12yrs to learn a lesson in the value of human life. This same group are the ones that indeed tried to whip up religious and ethnic sentiments but their horrific brutality made that strategy to back fire on them. If you want a change then present and project a refreshing change not blackmail, not intimidation and not sectional jingoism. Adams Oshomole will make a refreshing change, a definite game changer considering that he is from South South too but will they pick him as a presidential candidate (not VP)? Well am not saying he will definitely win but stands a better chance to give the incumbent a definite run for his money.It’s amazing that a party in opposition with an obsession to take over at the center lacks understanding in the dynamism required to win a presidential election in Nigeria. they can’t seem to see that without south east, south south and middle belt votes, they will not have enough votes to win at the Centre not even with 100% south west votes which will not be the case. There is no longer one North so dreaming of block votes from The North is mere delusion. As a party your disregard for the south east guarantees your downfall at the Centre as was the case with Buhari’s last election, more so your over concentration to take over at the Centre is making you to lose sight of the grassroots your original back bone.Politics in Nigeria is not black and white, it is not about right or wrong, it is about circumstances, about interests, vested interests. In this regard the interest of the South East and indeed Nigeria as an entity. These interests cannot be safe guarded under APC because APC is a product of greed, self-interest, a configuration borne out of a wicked mindset for vendetta and power change for power change sake with no clear cut ideological change just the acronym has changed, the players except for a few are nothing but a dangerous mix bound to explode in due time.For now APC is not the right vehicle that will get us there, the vehicle to enter is (PPP) Patience, Perseverance and Providence and we will surely get there. PDP is not any better but of the two evils I choose Jonathan not PDP for lack of a better viable choice. While Jonathan does not seem to realize that South East are his back bone or perhaps lacks the courage to do the right thing. He should be celebrating the completion of the second Niger Bridge by now not the flag off among other things however as bad as it seems I will still prefer a Jonathan to the people that has made Nigeria ungovernable, for now a Jonathan though not a Moses, will do until a Joshua comes along. Jonathan’s ascendancy to the presidency was by an act of God while some of our so called leaders have chosen a bloody path in their quest for power. This is a deliberate strategic decision made by them – so we must also make a deliberate decision not to support them nor condone their culture of impunity.

  11. Oluwaseun

    October 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I will endorse Buhari any day over GEJ. Buhari is a resilent, incorruptible, straight-forward and pragmatic leader. Most of the unrehabilitated decaying infrastructures that the past governments we’ve had since democracy have refused to enhance were built during the military era of Buhari.

    Many people have made so many libellous comments about this disciplined man which are unproven, canny and untrue. Nigerians can no longer be deceived by the propagandist government of GEJ against Buhari. Buhari is not the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, He is not the current Grand Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces and cannot be force to speak for or against the Boko Haram terrorist sect. Of what relevance is his speaking for/against them? How does that prove his allegiance for/against Boko Haram? People have been indicted for being sponsors of Boko Haram, yet the President shields them from persecution because they belong to his party. Experienced notable Nigerians (Obasanjo and co) have shared ideas with the presidency on how to tackle these insurgency issues, but have been accused of trying to control the President. What difference would Buhari’s opinion have made? PDP rulership would have still had a counter-propaganda to tarnish this respectable man.

    I think Nigerians should begin to get their facts right. Compare instances before prosecuting people, check on their past records and decide who to lend your votes to. We must stop celebrating mediocrity.

    However, my above-stated response are just my personal opinions and does not represent the opinions of any political group/party.

  12. mujer

    October 16, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Lawd have mercy. He gonna die from old age on the campaign trail. I guess God forgot to create his replacement, i.e. one who has as much supposed virtue?

  13. goa

    October 16, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Keep electing old leaders and get the same trash at the end of the day. There are alot of untested ppl

  14. Jojo

    October 16, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Free country. How about your extremism? Do you think we have forgotten. 75 years old. that job is for a younger person

  15. chigurl

    October 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

    All those commenting in support of Buhari are either ignorant or just want to be controversial for the sake of it, either way its a pity

    • oluwaseun

      October 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

      …And you’re suppose to be the enlightened and uncontroversial one who only knows what’s best for others?

  16. Duchess

    October 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    So the ideology behind APC is to stop PDP? Buhari please go to your village and take care of your cattle.

  17. pipi

    October 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    This news has made me so angry this morning! what wrong with this -tard!!! Can u imagine!! APC must be raving mad…. He would be quick to point out the fault in Jonathan’s government. Bokoharam, chibok girls, what has this fool done nothing…. must you be in power to do something… How do u guys think a solution was found to the militancy terror in the south, the southern leaders both those in power are not in power, reached out to talk and condem the acts.. Buhari U MUST NOT BE A PRESIDENT TO EFFECT CHANGE!!!!! If u love this country as you claim to do we will see it. As for Jonathan if APC doesnt bring forth a credible candidate i will vote for you having faith that u will concentrate on serious issues and openl;y deal with anybody (because u wont be concerned about re-election). As for Buhari better seat ur old ass down and push Fasola forward and Adams as his vice ( thats if u love this country.

  18. beauty

    October 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

    For heaven’s sake, Please do not contest! I just had my birthday some days ago and i know how old i clocked…When i was pretty little,Buhari was in power,now that I’m older Buhari still wants to rule. Please what is the future of Political Science graduates from our universities oh

  19. Fre

    October 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    How come no-one thought of a ‘DISLIKE’ button?
    Dear BN, Dislike button please? Lol

    – Buhari is a do or die politician.
    – Nigerians have amnesia
    – This man has ruled before. We forget so soon the atrocities committed (known and unknown)
    – What/Who sparked the violence last elections?
    – Why were youth corpers killed last elections, and other innocent people? (May they RIP and their unnecessary death not be in vain)
    – Enough is enough really
    – People need to realize ruling this country is not a birthright. And even if it is, how is it your birthright?

  20. jake ro

    October 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    They are all horror story.electiing these old fools is like business as usual for moving forward——-pathetic.the southerners who have some good word about this man who declared he is going to destabilize nigeria and openly supported boko haram are brainless or they are southern muslim s who are a torn in the flesh for southerners cos of their divided loyalty, look, he chooses apc, is all strategic . And lately , he denounces boko -haram publicly to get sympathy from the people.all lies.he is still one of them.he is playing a nice guy cos of his political ambition.these old guards has to just stop.
    ! And the only people who can do that are the masses themselves.

  21. Garba

    October 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I write this because of millions of Nigerians who are below 30 and who constitute a significant chunk of our voting population.
    This is the ICT generation that is largely ignorant about the events of the Buhari era (1984-85) and so can be misinformed and misled by needless propaganda. I have sat with many in the under-30 bracket and those slightly above who only have faint recollections of the Buhari era and the level of ignorance about that era is amazing.

    Before being MILITARY Head of State, Buhari had been Governor of one of the Northern States (under Obasanjo’s Military government) as well as Minister for Petroleum. He later served as Chairman of PTF under Abacha.

    Please consider the following unassailable facts:

  22. ify

    October 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I know he will not win. Tinubu knows he will not win. IBB will be laughing somewhere “only the old and tested can lead Nigeria” see now? That a party with members like Fashola, Oshiomole, Rotimi, Rochas e.t.c would prefer fielding a 75 year old!!! I’m shocked. People are busy screaming change and I wonder shouldn’t age be one of the things we change? This Buhari sef, doesn’t he have a son? After all Ali Bongo is El Hadj Bongo’s son and he won an election. All these old people just embarrassing someborri

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