President Muhammadu Buhari has described the 2019 election as being in the past, and said it was now time to serve the citizens who voted him into power for a second term.
The President, who said Nigerians spoke loudly in his and the All Progressives Congress’ (APC’s) favour during the poll, assured that in his second term, the government would serve the country “honestly, genuinely, and with our heart and might.”
A statement his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, released on Tuesday, quoted Buhari as saying this when he received the Buhari Support Group Centre, led by the director-general, Alhaji Umaru Dembo, at the State House, Abuja.
He said, “The 2019 elections are behind us. Nigerians have spoken, and they have spoken loudly in our favour. It is now time to serve them, and serve well. We will not fail.
“We will serve honestly, genuinely, and with our heart and might. Our country has oscillated for too long at the level of promises and potentials. It is now time to explore and exploit the potentials for the good of all Nigerians, particularly the ordinary people. It shall be accomplished.”
Commending members of the group over their steadfastness, he said, “This group is composed of people who have identified with me since I threw my political hat into the ring in 2002. And they have stood with me through thick and thin, abiding with me in the electoral and legal processes of 2003, 2007, 2011, till God gave us victory in 2015, and also 2019.
“Many more people joined us along the line, and the Centre expands by the day. I salute your faithfulness, your persistency, and your ruggedness. It never ceases to amaze me that you have kept faith, even when I have not given you much, or even anything, in return.”
The director general of the centre, Dembo, according to the statement assured Buhari that the group will continue to support him to ensure he actualises his mandate for Nigerians.
He was said to have noted that the centre had begun work on institutionalising the philosophy of “Buharism”.
Dembo said Buhari Support Group Centre will be renamed Buharism Centre in order to share the political vision and philosophy of President Buhari.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have continued to insist the 2019 poll was rigged in favour of Buhari. They also continue to express optimism of recovering the alleged stolen mandate.
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