President Muhammadu Buhari says he will work harder to make Nigeria better as he enters the last lap of his tenure.
He made the pledge on Wednesday at the State House when he hosted the northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum ACF, on a congratulatory visit.
He said: This is my last lap and I will try to work even harder than I did in my first tenure. I very much appreciate your coming here to congratulate me.
President Buhari further said he will not disappoint the ACF and Nigerians in general as he carries out his responsibilities.
I assure you that I will not let you down, I will do my best and I will pray to God that my best will be good enough, he said.
The Nigerian leader noted that the use of technology contributed a lot to his emergence as President, having made three unsuccessful attempts.
I was defeated three times and I went to Supreme Court three times and failed three times. But God and technology helped me. With the Permanent Voter Cards PVCs the votes of ordinary Nigerians really counted.
You know it, before now, they used to sit down and allocate whatever votes they wanted to the various to constituencies and say whoever disagrees with the results should go to court. When people are struggling to get what to eat, where will they have the money to hire senior lawyers to defend them in court? God has his own way of solving problems and we thank him that the technology is finally here, the President stated.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, Adamu Fika, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum, thanked President Buhari for responding positively to some of the demands made by the group when it visited him few years ago.
We wish to recall that in 2015, a similar delegation of ACF visited and congratulated you following Your Excellency’s victory at the Presidential elections held earlier that year. A year later, May 2016, you were kind enough to grant an audience to another delegation of the Forum. On that occasion, the delegation, led by late Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano drew attention to projects of concern to the North and of benefit to Nigeria at large. The projects included the Baro Dry Port, the Mambilla Hydro power, self- sufficiency in agricultural produce, road construction and rehabilitation, and abve all oil and gas exploration.
It is pleasing to note that since then, the Baro dry port has been commissioned, while all other projects have been reactivated and now being implemented.
We pray that those organs of Government charged with the responsibility for the Implementation will double their efforts to ensure that these projects are executed fully to their logical conclusion within reasonable time, he said.
The board of trustees Chairman who said the visit was purely congratulatory, appealed for another opportunity for the group to visit the President on a later date, to intimate him about problems and matters that are of concern to the people of the North and Nigeria.
Source: Voice of Nigeria