President Buhari assure Nigerians living in America that he will leave some difference in the office if he wins the 2019 election.
He disclosed this In a meeting with the Nigerian community in the United States of America on Thursday. In his statement, the President explained how he regretted that the elite allowed Nigeria to be mismanaged for 16 years of PDP rule. And also how the people’s democratic party did not raise a voice in consternation.
Here is his statement;
” President Buhari declared. “Under the PTF (Petroleum Trust Fund, of which he was Chairman), we did roads from Lagos to Abuja, to Onitsha, to Port Harcourt.
Since then, the roads were not done, between 1999 and 2015, yet the elite did not say a word. I was called Baba Go Slow. Those who were going fast, where did they get to? In 1983, military officers gathered, and made me Head of State. I packed the politicians into jail, told them they were guilty until they could prove their innocence.
We seized what they had looted, but after I myself was put in detention, the politicians were given back what they had looted. How many elite complained about that? Three times I contested elections; three times I went to court after the elections were rigged against me. No justice, but I said ‘God dey. It was mainly the ordinary people that stood by me.
That is why I am always conscious of them. They are my constituency. Even pregnant women on the queue would fall into labour, go to have their babies, and still come back to vote for me. I will keep doing my best for the country”
Some of the Nigerians who attended this meeting, expressed their wish to come back home and contribute to changing Nigeria. In response to this, the President had this to say ;
“You are contributing to this great country (America). If you want to help back home, invest in education in your constituencies. If you educate people, they won’t then accept nonsense from anybody.”
Speaking on how he had being able to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption, he explained ;
“I’ve tried to do my best since I came,” he stressed, adding: “Security-wise, we are better. Boko Haram still conducts cowardly attacks, but the insurgency is not the same as it used to be. They are terrorists, and have nothing to do with religion. We will continue to deal with them. Ask people in the North-east, especially in Borno State, they will tell you they can sleep with two eyes closed now.”
The meeting was put together by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assitant to the President on Diaspora Matters.