September 26, 2018

2019: Atiku mocks Buhari over 800-metre walk claim (SUN)

2019: Atiku mocks Buhari over 800-metre walk claim (SUN)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, mocked the Presidency over its claim that President Muhammadu Buhari’s 800 metres walk was evidence of his fitness to run in 2019.

The former vice president, who is eyeing the presidential ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was apparently responding to a claim by the Presidency that Buhari walked 800 metres from Eid praying ground in Daura, Katsina State, on Tuesday.

Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, had last week, said Buhari was “too old” to rule the country beyond 2019.

But after the Eid prayers, Buhari shunned protocol and opted to trek some 800 metres, acknowledging cheers from supporters who lined up on his home route.

Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, had said Buhari demonstrated his fitness to run for a second term by covering that distance on foot.

“I think the president has done one thing today – that the issue is not how old one is but how fit he is; how healthy he is. Now that the president has proven his fitness and well-being, to continue in office is a settled matter,” he said in a statement. Read more

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