Group Offers To Sponsor Presidential Debate At Chatham House

 Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan
Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan

A group, Wind of Hope, has offered a fresh platform for a presidential debate between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari, and President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the political situation in the country, at Chatham House, London, United Kingdom.

National Coordinator of the group, Onoriode Akpe, in an open letter of invitation to Buhari, noted that the speech delivered in London by Buhari shows that he is more comfortable in London, hence, the need to take the debate there and give Nigerians the opportunity to watch the front runners in the forthcoming presidential election talk about their plans for the country.

“We wish to congratulate you on your recent visit to the United Kingdom where you delivered a speech at Chatham House, London on February 26, 2015. Your speech at the event is clearly a source of motivation for your supporters who in recent times seem to have lost steam in their aggressive marketing of your candidacy for the office of President,” the group wrote.

“In our quest to deepen democracy which thrives on robust and constructive deliberations that aid the electorate in making informed decisions, Wind of Hope hereby challenges or offers you a platform to debate with the incumbent, President Jonathan, before the forthcoming elections, at Chatham House, where you were so obviously at ease before your supporters and the international media.”

While offering full sponsorship, the group asked Buhari to “state your preferred date and time. Again, we wish to reiterate the import of such a debate in this election which you appropriately described as ‘Nigeria’s landmark election’ in your speech at Chatham House.”


  1. How can the General be more comfortable to speak in a foreign land and not in the his country, the country he desperately want to rule? Is he a political prisoner at home? Is his freedom of speech restrained at home? Refusal to even debate your political opponents tells a lot about the man in question. Is the UK audience more than the Nigerian millions who are obviously disappointed by the Gen continual refuse to debate? Pls make una send una money for charity if una no get anything to do with am.

  2. Mr Akpe, if you live in London then you are out of touch with home. Are Jonathan and Buhari going to debate to be Prime Minister of England? If Buhari as always, will not accept to honour such invitations then he does not deserve to be the president of Nigeria. Is he the servant or master of Nigeria? He is not and will never be a democrat. Period.


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