Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has appealed to leaders of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) not to complain about the challenges the country is facing under the All Progressives Congress-led government, saying doing so will make his regime unpopular.
Buhari begged: “I appeal to you to remain exemplary so that those under you will know that the country is doing very well. If you break down and complain, the impact will reverberate all over and then government will not be popular and whatever efforts we are making will not be appreciated.
“I have just spoken to the Senator (Philip Aduda) on my left and I told him that his constituency did not vote for me. So, I was very pleased that when they made the arrangement, they put him very far away from me. I have all the results of all constituencies.
“I am not threatening FCT because to make FCT secure is to make myself secure and the Vice-President. I think they know that they are necessary evil, that was why they decided to vote for the PDP.”
Buhari stated this when a delegation from the FCT paid him a Sallah visit at the Presidential Villa.
The delegation led by Christian Ohaa, the Federal Capital Development Authority’s Permanent Secretary, comprised national assembly members, religious leaders, heads of security agencies and civil servants.
The President took his guests down memory lane, recounting how he started the race for the presidency in 2003 before finally winning the seat in 2015.
Buhari said: “During my long journey to this place, 2003, 2007, 2011, those were interesting political developments that enabled me to visit all the local governments; all 774 local governments. First port of call whenever I visited any local government was to visit the community leader for understanding and support. I am very pleased that Nigerians understood me that although I was a governor, minister of petroleum and a one-time Head of State, I didn’t have a lot of money to give. So, when I went round, I smiled and greeted them and I think it has helped. Because by the time I went to campaign for my second and last terms constitutionally, I visited all the states this time around, sometimes two states in a day; I thank God for giving me the stamina to do it.”
SaharaReporters, New York