Adesina: I Persuaded Buhari to Run For President Again After 2011 Defeat


Nigeria – Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in an interview with Sahara TV has revealed that he encouraged President Muhammadu Buhari to contest again after he lost in 2011.

“…in 2011, he said he would not contest the Presidency again but in the run up to the 2015 election, I felt he should still run and I wrote that the fact that he said in 2011 that he would not run again could not be carved in concrete and he could change his mind if he wanted and the rest, they say, is history. ”

“He changed his mind, he ran and he won.

“Significantly, on the night that he was declared the winner, my phone rang around midnight and one of our leaders in the media called and said, ‘Please hold on for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’.

“I was shocked and when he spoke to me, he said he appreciated my support throughout the campaigns and now that victory had come his way, he just wanted to say thank you. So, that was how it played out,” he said.

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