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Buhari absent at APC rally in London

By The Citizen

General Muhammed Buhari, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate in the 2015 presidential election, on Tuesday failed to attend the presidential rally organised by APC Diaspora Community in the United Kingdom.

Buhari arrived in London last Thursday and was scheduled to meet with the Nigerian community, APC supporters in UK and give a talk later in the week at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of Public Affairs.

However, APC supporters across the UK who converged at the Everlasting Arms Ministries Church in East London for the presidential rally, were disappointed when the party flag bearer did not turn up.

Although no reason was given for his absence, the party's spokesman, Lai Mohammed, debunked rumours that Buhari was ill, adding that the rally was not part of Buhari's itinerary.

Mohammed said since the APC candidate arrived in the UK, he had been meeting and consulting with political leaders, while also having some rest after his energy-sapping nationwide campaign.

He, however, assured those present that Buhari would be at the Chatham House event billed for February 26.

While speaking on the party's manifesto, Mohammed said the APC would tackle corruption, generate employment and introduce a nine-year free compulsory education to eradicate illiteracy.

He said: 'APC is committed to fighting corruption in the country by ensuring discipline, honesty, hard work and merit,' Mohammed said.

Also speaking, the APC governorship candidate for Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, tasked the Diaspora to take advantage of the upcoming elections to move Nigeria in the right direction.

El-rufai, who fielded questions on the engagement of the Diaspora in nation building, urged the people to encourage their families and associates in Nigeria to vote APC into power.

The former FCT Minister, who also dispelled rumours of Buhari's ill health, said the APC presidential flag bearer had the requisite experience, given his age at 73, to serve Nigeria.

He said: 'When nations go through trauma, they normally go for older leaders who are more tolerant, focused and prepared to create a younger generation of leaders.

'That was the case in South Africa and China.

'For Nigeria, Buhari will bring about stability and peace we yearn for.'

Also speaking, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, told the supporters that the party's strength was in its desire to change Nigeria.

While appealing for the Diaspora support in the upcoming polls, Odigie-Oyegun called on the international community to assist Nigeria sustain democracy.

'We are calling on our foreign friends not to help APC but to ensure that the right thing is done in Nigeria,' Oyegun said.

The Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari's talk at the Chatham House has been scheduled for February 26 at 10am. NAN

Your Comment

desert desert | 2/25/2015 6:32:00 PM
My fellow Nigerians it is clear that our brother buhari is not sick. He was not their because he cannot speak good English.
Prince Adewoyin | 2/28/2015 10:01:00 AM
"....he was not THEIR because he cannot speak good english" I am too sure Gen. buhari's English is not as poor as yours. You that CAN speak "good English." You'd better come back home, if you are truly Nigerian, and join the progressives APC to move Nigeria forward.
Tin tin | 3/3/2015 12:10:00 AM
You that in Nigeria what do you know about Buhari some of you at home there supporting Buhari are f**ls and will still continuing to be full forever
doris | 2/26/2015 3:25:00 PM
Why should uk government allow all this sh*t to take place,since l was a litttle girl and 40yrnow nigeria is mark with unfit government.
Dave | 2/26/2015 4:47:00 PM
buhari z too old for Nigeria
all d evil he did during military regime is out to fight him.D evil men do live wit dem
chinido | 2/26/2015 6:34:00 PM
why should the rally take place in London. my question, is the supports nigerians or English people? if they are nigerians why most they stay in London to support APC and there so called members
Tripsy | 2/27/2015 12:53:00 PM
No long yarnns oooo it God does everytin in dy way it pleases him dis political battle is jst sumtin easy 2 tackle but due to flase propagandas laid 4rm both parties dat wat is causin all dis problems bt i tink more srategic actoin should b taken in to consideration so as to make dis talks cleared
Prince Adewoyin | 2/28/2015 9:48:00 AM
Buhari is that age long positive revolution Nigerians have been waiting for. We must end misgovernance,incompetence,inequality,unemployment,impoverishment and corruption. We must stop running away from home like those impatient cowards who never believed Nigeria could ever be good. We are all aware of Buhari's giant achievements against corruption and indiscipline just within 2 yrs of his rule in 1983-1985.
Benin | 3/3/2015 12:16:00 AM
You that said Buhari did well with 2 years can you pls tell me 2 inportant things Buhari did I believe you don't know any history about Buhari only that you are hungry politician with your personal selfish interest
glado | 3/1/2015 7:59:00 AM
All we need in this country Nigeria is prayer & God's intervention. Even if we fight till tmoro, what will b will b.
Taneem M.A. | 3/1/2015 5:03:00 PM
good sentimental talk talk or Good implementable Ideas,which is your choice?
paul | 3/1/2015 8:13:00 PM
Oldman with out education to become nigeria president can never be we need medel men like kano state governor not bugari
fearless | 3/2/2015 12:45:00 AM
who is buhari may God punished him 4 disturbed my boy (GEJ),jona 4 2015
Buggy | 3/3/2015 12:21:00 AM
Shame to northerners no honourable young learned men remain there only uneducated old Buhari at 73 them only have as a presidential aspirant chaii nawaoo, Buhari presidential conductor not candidate
young j | 3/3/2015 11:46:00 AM
Buhari is the best President don't vote for pdp
ilaiyasu | 3/3/2015 7:20:00 PM
all this can,t talk when who na talk is part of politicial than any body that his or she vote jona he dont no wht his doing
philip | 3/4/2015 3:43:00 PM
buhari has bad plan 4nigeria a man with the heart of evil he wanted to turn nigeria as muslim country god will son take his life
black star | 3/4/2015 9:57:00 PM
hello naija stop chating on buhari is this and that, all we know now buhari is the only slution to najerians problem. That is peace and stability so there for vote for change vote for buhar.
DR ALFRED AHANGBA | 3/5/2015 3:52:00 PM
Hellow nigerian please may yu vote Buhari,I Shedule him a best president any person who insult him the person is mumu,
Daniel Itang. 5/3/15 | 3/5/2015 6:43:00 PM
ifeanyi | 3/8/2015 2:41:00 PM
Political cycles in apc and pdp are all the same,Nigerias we all need change but not buhari
kazeem babatunde(TUNAD) | 3/9/2015 10:56:00 AM
my people who is buhari,tinubu is now obasanjo the man is time buhari as obasanjo time yaradua see what is happen to yaradua is what is going to happen to buhari,I whant you to know that obasanjo,tinubu are maradona,they whant tokilled buhari that is it.
igbo comfort | 3/9/2015 11:23:00 AM
God knows the best.for I let Jonathan continue he can do best this yr 2015 please let stop le course on him so our country go better please I urge my fellow Nigeria
temple | 3/9/2015 4:28:00 PM
I supported jonathan Buhari go and die with old
Reality | 3/10/2015 10:41:00 AM
There're using Buhari but God pass them... Buhari how many oil wealth did you agree to use as a compensation to Timubu ? We know as the thing dey go!!! Mr Goodluck carry go we dey behind you ok
E j | 3/14/2015 9:33:00 PM
Let us join buharia to push naija to the permanent site so lets vote apc for change
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