Great Victory for APC, As Buhari Silences PDP Forever

By Post Nigeria July 17, 2016 17:48

Great Victory for APC, As Buhari Silences PDP Forever

President Muhammadu Buhari, has insisted that the popular mandate he got during the 2015 Presidential election is still intact, adding that it was erroneous to say that he has abandoned Governance for anti-corruption war.

Buhari, who stated this during an extensive interview with African Leadership, on Saturday, July 17, declared that there is nowhere in the world, where transition from an old order to a new one has ever been easy.

This statement came against the backdrop of the report by the Centre for Democracy and Development entitled ‘Buharimeter’.

The report rated Buhari low, in terms of performance and fulfilling his campaign promises, stressing that the President has lost his goodwill.

Reacting, Buhari insisted that he has neither lost the goodwill, nor alienated the masses.

“Yes, I was elected by an overwhelming majority of Nigerians, and I am ever grateful for the opportunity I have been given to serve.

“However, I don’t consider the result of the so-called survey, a slip in my public rating and acceptance. I appreciate the high expectations of Nigerians, and as an administration, we are working assiduously to deliver.

“We came in with a mantra of Change and the zeal to give a new lease of life to governance. Our zeal has remained the same, and we are always prepared to make the difference.

“You will recall, that when I was being sworn in, I emphasized that as a government, three key areas will be the priorities. The first is the need to rebuild the economy. I also pledged to fight insecurity, while the third and equally important area, is the fight against corruption.”

He pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with his administration, saying: “Nigeria will soon be back on track.”

He added: “Before now, we have been having sleepless nights in Nigeria, with Boko Haram having field days in tormenting people, most especially in the North-Eastern part of the country. So far, we have shown resilience in stopping these people, and yet many criticize the approach we are using.

“What I think our people should know, is that a process of change is difficult, as it requires endurance and patience. China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and other great Asian countries, had at different times passed through processes of change. They are far better off today.

“And some of these countries were at par with Nigeria, in terms of development, some five decades ago. We are attempting to do the same here, to say let us stop building individuals, let us stop making those who serve in government get stupendously wealthy at the expense of ordinary Nigerians they had sworn to serve.

“Rather, we should concentrate on building strong institutions. Let us introduce economic prosperity, by bringing in more investors to catalyze a sense of competition to grow our economy. Let there be law and order in our ways.”

He further asked Nigerians, to “continue to exercise patience, and let them know that we will not rest on our oars until we bring succour back to them and to the country. From our efforts so far,” he said.

On why he has abandoned governance for only anti-corruption war, Buhari said: “it is not true that the fight against corruption is distracting my attention from the task of governance. You can sit back and review what we have done in the past one year and come up with your judgment. That will certainly assist you and other concerned Nigerians to reach the right conclusions.”