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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians in the Diaspora that his administration will not abuse their trust and confidence. The President spoke in London Sunday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester.

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians in the Diaspora that his administration will not abuse their trust and confidence. The President spoke in London Sunday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester.


“I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won't be abused, we will do our best to justify it,” President Buhari said. “We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won't be abused,” Buhari added. He noted that Nigeria is endowed with tremendous human and natural resources, but regretted that “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people.”
Saying wicked people plundered the country, “and kept Nigerians poor,” the President added that looking at the condition in which the current administration met the country, without savings and the economy badly vandalized, “we have not done too badly.” President Buhari said the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, and that government was doing its best to recover some of the loot. He however said but it was impossible to identify and recover all. “If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses.
“You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.” the President said. He commended the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization for deciding to identify with the country, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.” The Coordinator of the organization, Mr Sylvester, said the group was happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting: “You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“We are proud of the speed with which you recovered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. “The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals. “We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.”
All Progressives Congress (APC), United Kingdom chapter, has said it would pay for Expression of Interest and nomination form for President Muhammadu Buhari to re-contest in 2019. The chapter made the promise in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Jacob Ogunseye, Tuesday in Abuja, following Buhari's declaration on Monday that he would seek a second term. It said that the President's declaration was reasonable and satisfactory, adding that his second term would make Nigeria stronger as well as preserve the tenets of democracy in the country. It stated that the chapter's expectations had been met by Buhari's declaration, and assured that it would work assiduously for the electoral success of the APC at all levels. “President Buhari needs to consolidate on the achievements his administration has recorded in over three years, especially in economic growth, anti-graft war, security and youth development. “He deserves a second term and we are proud that he has yielded and declared his readiness to re-contest the election as Nigeria's President in 2019 in earnest. “His administration's achievements in the areas of security, economic growth, anti-corruption war and social development and other areas are visible to Nigerians,” the chapter said. It added that Nigerians should consider the re-election bid as a major step to consolidate and re-invent the country into “an emerging economic and democratic world power.”
It called on Nigerians across the world, irrespective of religion and geographical location, to see the re-election bid of the President as a major step that would help Nigeria to stabilize. Similarly Presidential spokesperson has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari's declaration of the intention to seek re-election saying those who work closely with him never knew that he would vie for a second term.
Femi Adesina, who spoke as a guest on Channels Television on Tuesday, when asked why the President had to wait for the APC NEC meeting to declare his intention to run after months of speculations, said they never had an inkling that the President will seek re-election. “If anybody says that they knew it was going to happen is just a matter of surmising or conjecture. For those of us who work closely with the President, we didn't have that feeling. We didn't at all. Nobody could say for sure that Mr. President was going to take a second shot,” he said. Reacting to criticisms that have trailed the President's declaration of interest in the 2019 elections, Adesina said everyone is entitled to their opinion as Nigeria is a country with the population of over 180 million and everyone has the right to express themselves. When asked if Nigerians still have the need to bother about the President's health, now that he is seeking re-election, Adesina said Mr. President is a man of integrity and would have yielded to warnings if his doctor deems him unfit.
“What his doctor says is between him and his doctor. Unless you know it, it doesn't have to bother you. The president is a very responsible man and if there was any warning from his doctor, he wouldn't have ventured into this,” he said. Mr. Adesina also clarified that the President was misquoted when he said he will not run for a second term because of his age. He added that concerning the President's statement in 2011 when he said will do just one term, it is no longer 'applicable.' “That's a misquote. If there is anything on record like that, it is a misquote. I was with him in South Africa when he said he wished he had become president at a he was a military governor that he would have done a lot more for Nigeria.
“The other one about doing one term was when he was running in 2011. But did he win in that year? No, the victory came in 2015. So that being quoted in 2011 is not applicable again.”


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