The Tijjanniya, one of the leading Islamic groups in the country, on Wednesday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
Spokesperson of the group, who is also the chairman of SUFI (Stand Up For Integrity) movement of the Tijjanniya, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, announced this in Abuja.
“At times likes this, people of goodwill must rise to the clarion call to command what is good and abhor evil. A time when Nigeria is presented with a choice of who can be entrusted with the leadership of this great country.
“Thank God, we are old enough and informed enough to know the antecedents of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, and his character traits. We bear witness that he is a Man of Integrity and a National Patriot, the likes of whom are few in Nigeria of today amongst the past and present leaders.
“Prior to his ascension as the civilian president in 2015, Nigeria was a pariah nation and a laughing stock amongst the committee of nations. Despite the huge resources that accrued to the nation, the government of then was known for its uncommon crave for corruption and ineptitude. Little wonder then why for the first time, a sitting president was convincingly defeated, despite the incumbency privileges,” he said.
He said the group was convinced that the scourge of insecurity and kidnapping was being tackled and militancy had been brought under control by the federal government.
“Surgery is ongoing in the fight against corruption. The untouchables are feeling the heat, convictions are being obtained and a number of them are behind bars, while a lot are fugitives in foreign lands, running away from home where they once held sway. Corruption is a virus and a plague and we all must fight against it, alongside with President Buhari.
“On the strength of the above, arising from the need to consolidate on the achievements of the president, we the adherents of the Tijjaniya SUFI order nationwide hereby declare our total commitment to the re-election of President Buhari. We equally call on all Nigerians voters to cast their votes for Mr. President to guarantee a future for our country, while laying a good foundation that our children can be proud of,” he said.