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The relationship between President Buhari & Nigerians ‘is as solid as the proverbial rock’ – Garba Shehu



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has dismissed the assertion that the masses will desert President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, describing it as “unfounded and utterly ridiculous”.

Shehu, who was reacting to a media interview granted by former CPC member, Alhaji Buba Galadima, who said that ordinary Nigerians were the backbone of Buhari’s mandate “and the only reason he ran for the office was to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption who held Nigeria back for decades”.

Galadima had in an interview alleged that President Buhari would be abandoned by the people in 2019.

However, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, said Galadima’s calculation and prediction “is utterly confused and misleading”.

He said the masses were solidly behind Buhari “because he is not stealing their money and their future”.

“The President’s enormous goodwill remains ever-strong because the people are convinced that
he is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms,” Shehu said.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is far from isolation and he enjoys very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians; “the relationship is as solid as the proverbial rock”.

“If Buba Galadima thinks that because he has no role and no job in this government that means president is isolated, he is putting himself up to ridicule,” Shehu said.

Shehu stated that Galadima was not in the position to speak for the masses as far as their steadfast loyalty to Buhari was concerned.

While acknowledging that Galadima was entitled to advance his own political agenda, the presidential aide said Galadima did not have the right to decide for ordinary voters.

Shehu recalled that Buba Galadima’s disagreement with President Buhari was based on principle, saying that President Buhari was committed to level playing field and would not want anyone to link his name to injustice.

The Presidential aide also recalled that Galadima’s disagreement with Buhari started in 2011 “when a group within the party orchestrated an organisational mess by which the CPC embarked on the imposition and substitution of candidates for cash payments at the expense of those duly and democratically elected.”

He said the President was embarrassed by the incidents and complaints about the imposition and substitution of candidates, adding that he, as a democrat, would not suppress the will of the people to please selfish interests.


  1. Kanyinsola

    November 22, 2016 at 6:52 am

    You’re deluding yourself if you truly believe this. Matxhewww. We all fell for this BS in 2015. I want to see the story you’ll tell us in 2019 of things don’t get better. Solid as the Proverbial rock? What an expensive joke!

    • Ekene

      November 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

      His handlers are his problem. They keep deceiving the man.

    • Ijebujesha

      November 22, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Point of correction- we didn’t all fall for it. Some of us are not dull, we checked history and checked whether anything should make us believe that history would not repeat itself, we didn’t see any. Some of us do not have the herd mentality habit that is so pervasive in that country where everyone just jumps on a wagon that seems ‘cool’ and popular, we are strong enough to stand alone in the crowd based on our carefully thought out convictions however unpopular they are. Some of us are not gullible, we didn’t fall for the many lies and fraudulent deceit of the likes of Omojuwa, Chude, Debola Lagos,*Ayourb, Ogunlesi and co amd those of many bought over national and even some international media houses-it was very clear to us that they were hungry boys looking for their own slice of the national cake and they’d call a mad man the groom just to have their way. Some of us do not have weak senses of self-assurance, we were called all sorts and abused (I was called omo-ale many times on different forums) just because of our political stance, yet we stood resolute on our carefully considered positions..None of us sees tomorrow but like the CNN weather forecast guys, some of us are simply able to detach ourselves from any sort of bias/emotions and apply our brains SOLELY on the HARD FACTS on ground.

    • nnenne

      November 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

      GBAM @ Ijebuijesha.

    • EE

      November 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      SMH, you people really think “your middle-class” votes won him the election??? I’m tired of this myth, let’s look at states where BN readers likely reside:

      1. He lost Abuja by 10,796 votes.

      2. He won Lagos by 160,133

      3. He lost Rivers by 1,417,837 votes.

      4. He lost Anambra by 642,836

      Sorry if I missed any, but he likely also lost your state. Even during the election the comment section was pro GEJ, know which states won him the election?

      1. Katsina by 1,246,504 votes

      2. Kano by 1,688,220 votes

      3. Sokoto by 519,727

      So let’s not retcon history, had GEJ governed competently, I would not be giving this clarification, its his fault he lost. Second, if PMB runs in 2019, he’ll likely win, that’s simply political fact. Third, APC had the momentum in 2015, they had a stable of performing states while PDP states weren’t looking so hot.

      Finally, Nigeria by all indicators looks set to come out of recession in 2017, if that holds and 2017-2018 nets a few corruption convictions, electricity doesn’t collapse during the elections like it did in 2015, then I’m sorry, but the landslide will be massive. The vast majority of Nigerians don’t much care about exchange rates or economic policy, they want the simple things.

    • Saruna

      November 22, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      My message is for EE. You are bush. Ki l’a so, ki l’on wi? What did Ijebujesha say; what are you responding? Probably feeling smart because you can google stats and paste them. They ask you what is your name, you say let me count my years on earth for you.


      If you can’t discern between someone under whom the economy grew (GEJ, let me help you out), and someone under whom Nigeria has been under recession twice now (PMB), then you weren’t too bright to start with. If ya like, carry ya k-leg and vote PMB again in 2019 😀

    • tunmi

      November 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      I don’t know oh, don’t be quick to say so. Not every Naija is on social media talk less of BellaNaija

  2. Lol

    November 22, 2016 at 7:16 am

    No really these grown men come out and make statements like this howwwwwwwww?

  3. Seriously

    November 22, 2016 at 8:01 am

    It’s clear, Buhari and his cabinet/sycophants need a mental evaluation. This is ridiculous.

  4. EC

    November 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

    delusional fools. those that voted for change have seen the so called change. you just appoint a bunch of uneducated fools into office deceiving themselves.
    a time will come when Nigeria will get the chance to vote into power someone that will truly put the country’s needs ahead of theirs.

  5. Naijababeii

    November 22, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Shehu d special dreamer, keep dreaming for BABA we dey una for 2019

  6. Naijababeii

    November 22, 2016 at 8:33 am

    we dey wait una for 2019

  7. keke driver

    November 22, 2016 at 8:47 am

    @Garba Shehu You had better start getting your CV ready.

  8. El Jefe

    November 22, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I believe you are referring to the rock you live under rather than the proverbial one.

  9. Nonamespls

    November 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Right now the average Nigerian is not thinking far in to the future so they should save that story of Buhari not stealing our future. People are really suffering! We are talking about immediate solutions to hunger, joblessness, shelter. I taya o

  10. yemite

    November 22, 2016 at 9:23 am

    That is if bag of rice, eggs, pure water, petrol, kerosene, diesel, dollars will return to #7000, #25, #5, #87, #53, #105, #180 respectively as Jonathan left it…or even lesser than that.

    • nene+

      November 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      It will be a major feat to take us back to May 28th 2015. And this is 99.9% percent impossible. Meaning the uninspiring dude took 4 years of our Nigerian life,smashed it and returned it fractured
      What a country! What a leader!!

      Don’t be surprised to have Buhari till 2023. His worshippers are bent on having him even in their famished status

  11. Omoté

    November 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Shehu Garba r u talking about the same Nigeria I live in??? Abi another Nigeria dey wey we no knw about??? SMH…..when someone’s grandfather comes out to talk BS.?

    • EE

      November 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      You don’t live in the Nigeria Garba Shehu is referring to, the Nigeria he’s talking about is a dire place, some of them are simply thankful they returned home after Boko Haram, they see more of their Brothers in power.

      Who do you think gets that credit??

      I have a mental image of coastal Nigeria+middle-class Abuja, the same feeling the coastal states of the USA are passing through, any party that controls the North, controls Nigeria. Funny enough, 2015 was likely the last opportunity to reverse that trend, but GEJ’s abysmal government fumbled.

      In 2023, the North will have even more 18 year olds.

    • tunmi

      November 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm


  12. Jae

    November 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    lol these folks are all jokers,we have really gotten the change we desire….now fix up

  13. ada

    November 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

    the way my PVC is shining ehen 2019 I am waiting what kind of idiots did we elect. they are so delusional it’s embarrassing 

  14. zelda

    November 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Jokin tins

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