President Muhammadu Buhari says his main objective is to continue to do his best for Nigeria and make it better in all facets.
God has made this country great. We have human and material resources, and may God continue to give us the right leaders. My objective is very clear and I will continue to do my best, President Buhari said.
He was speaking in Abuja when he received retired Army Generals, Admirals, Marshals and former military governors/administrators on a courtesy on Monday.
We have no other country but Nigeria. We will stay here and salvage it togetherEven if one was blessed enough to send children for training abroad, after such training, they will still have to come back here. We must, therefore, give our best for our country. The patriotism imbued in us by the military will ever remain relevant. Let’s do our best for this country, President Buhari said while recalling his days as military Head of State.
Describing Nigeria as ‘a fabulous country,’ the President said if it were not so, the country could not have survived the damage done to it materially and morally in the past.
Glorifying God that after 30 months civil war, with over two million lives lost, we are still one country.
Keeping hope alive
He prayed that Nigeria would not lack people who can exploit its human and material resources, saying the higher you go in Nigeria, the hotter it becomes, and not the other way round. But I can’t complain. I tried so hard to be here three times, ending up at the Supreme Court. So, I can’t complain over anything I am going through now.
President Buhari described the military as an institution that gives amazing opportunities to know the country, its different peoples and cultures.
Leader of the delegation, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa said the retired top officers thought it was right to visit the President.
To say that you have represented your constituency very well You announced a simple three-point agenda upon assumption of office namely security; fighting corruption, and the economy. You have kept your words as an officer and a gentleman, General Marwa said.
President Buhari’s He announced the endorsement of President Buhari for next week’s Presidential election, to consolidate on the good work he has so far done for the country.
He said:We the retired Armed Forces officers, representing 99.9% of our colleagues say that we are proud of you; proud to be associated with your administration; and proud to witness this era of Nigeria rising again under your able leadership. We support you fully and totally in the presidential elections next week and will do whatever we can within the law to contribute to your emergence as the victor in the election in order to take Nigeria to the next level, he added.
General Marwa was military Governor in Borno and later military administrator of Lagos State.
The most senior of the retired officers that were on the delegation, Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla, a former Chief of Naval Staff said future generations would acquit President Buhari most creditably.
On behalf of the Generals here today, I congratulate you on the tremendous work done by this administration, and wish to state unequivocally that we are proud of you and fully behind you in the presidential elections next week. We pledge our full support and continued loyalty, he said.
The delegation was made of one Vice Admiral, two Lt-Generals, 15 Major Generals, two Rear Admirals, eight Air Vice-Marshals, 12 Brigadier-Generals, three Commodores, nine Air Commodores, and 17 former military governors/administrators, among others.
President Buhari’s endorsement
Addressing State House Correspondents later, leader of delegation, General Buba Marwa said what informed the endorsement of President Buhari for a second term of office was a careful assessment of the promise he made to Nigerians and the fulfilment of same.
He said: As an officer and a gentleman, his word is his bond. After winning the elections, he brought out simple three-point programme � security, economy and fighting corruption. He led the fight and is leading the fight by personal example that is the height of leadership. Do as I do not as I say, he has demonstrated that.
On security, when he took over from 2015 till date. I put the question, the bombings that used to go on in this FCT, Kaduna and so on, where is it today? The herdsmen crisis up and about, the hues and cries, where is it today? Where is IPOB today? The Boko Haram is not flying its flags like before. They were in my Local Government for eight months, actually they even lived in my house believe it or not, but they have been chased off and now they are just in the fringes of Lake Chad. Things are betterYou look at the infrastructure it is the same thing, things are happening everywhere, highways are coming up, there is no state of the federation that there is no work going on, the railways the same thing. So the long and short of it is that when you demonstrate what you say you will do and you are from our own constituency, we must stand up and be counted, he explained.
General Marwa said the retired military officers were fully behind the re-election bid of the President and would do whatever they can within the law to see that he is victorious at the polls.
Every human being is political, we maybe non-partisan, we all want a good country for ourselves, our children and grand children and even for those yet unbornLook at the drug abuse thing for instance, he was the first President that launched a war against drug abuse in Nigeria through the committees, one of which I Chair. Unless you have compassion, you will overlook the matter of drugs and think that these are the dregs of the society. But he did.
Look at the Biafran Policemen, who left the Nigerian Police before the war, he remembered them. Airways workers, he remembered them. His first concern when he took over was not the huge projects but for the civil and public servants to be paid. He even said it on one occasion and I heard it clearly, that he wonders how governors sleep with workers not paid and suffering. And now, the national minimum wage, he has approved it, General Buba Marwa stated.
He advised Nigerians to be peaceful during the elections and allow process to run, without rancour.
Source: Voice of Nigeria