The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in a statement made available to journalists.
Shehu was reacting to a statement credited to a former member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, Alhaji Buba Galadima, that the President would be abandoned by the people in 2019.
Describing the statement as “utterly ridiculous”, he said the masses would not abandon the President because he had been protecting them against “the rapacious merchants of corruption, who have held Nigeria back for decades.”
He said Galadima’s calculation is confused and misleading.
He said the masses were solidly behind Buhari because he is not stealing their money and their future.
He said, “The President’s enormous goodwill remains ever strong because the people are convinced the President is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is far from isolation. He enjoys a very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians.