President Muhammadu Buhari has got the backing of a group of retired Army Generals, Admirals, Marshals and former Military Governors/Administrators in his bid to win a second term in office.
The former military chiefs, Concise News learned, declared their support for Buhari’s re-election when they visited him in Abuja on Monday.
This comes one day after Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum, and Pan-Niger Delta Forum endorsed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as their candidate.
Leader of the delegation Brigadier-General Buba Marwa said the visit was to tell Buhari that he had done well.
“You announced a simple three-point agenda upon the assumption of office namely security; fighting corruption, and the economy. You have kept your words as an officer and a gentleman,” the former military administrator of Lagos state said.
“We the retired armed forces officers, representing 99.9% of our colleagues say that we are proud of you; proud to be associated with your administration; and proud to witness this era of Nigeria rising again under your able leadership.
“We support you fully and totally in the presidential elections next week and will do whatever we can within the law to contribute to your emergence as the victor in the election in order to take Nigeria to the next level.”
Also, Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla, a former Chief of Naval Staff, said: “On behalf of the generals here today, I congratulate you on the tremendous work done by this administration, and wish to state unequivocally that we are proud of you and fully behind you in the presidential elections next week. We pledge our full support and continued loyalty.”
Concise News understands that the delegation included one Vice Admiral, two Lt-Generals, 15 Major Generals, two Rear Admirals, eight Air Vice-Marshals, 12 Brigadier-Generals, three Commodores, nine Air Commodores, and 17 former military governors/administrators.
February 16, 2019, is the date for Nigeria’s presidential and national assembly elections.