President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that plans are underway from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to use their resources to intimidate the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the electorates in a bid to retain the seat of power ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Buhari will be hoping to steer the political seat of power for as second term but appear faced with strong oppositions, who had planned to form a coalition in 2019 in order to unseat him.
However, while appreciating the efforts of the
Buhari Media Organization, BMO, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, Buhari said that they won’t be intimidated by the opposition’s approach despite their huge resources they plan to waste do some mischievous act.
“I don’t think I can thank you enough for your steadfastness under very difficult circumstances. It is not easy to defend this administration and more in particular to defend me.
“But your consistency has given me a lot of confidence. And I know you are doing it as a sacrifice not only in terms of physical or mental but material sacrifice.
“Because as I keep on saying, the opposition elements are now sitting on incredible resources which I am afraid we might not match at all. For that reason the opposition is sponsoring mischief from different angles which in spite of the incumbency of government we cannot absolutely stop.
“It is you who are fighting it and I cannot thank you enough for that. Most of the people I jailed have been given back all that they had taken before I was jailed”.
He said, “Most of those people who were judged by the various tribunals have been given back what they have taken. I spent 18 months in detention and luckily they did not find anything against me and I was released. But my problem was that there was a journalist from Edo State who wrote an article on me that my mother had to die to save me. This was because I was only released when my mother died to go and bury her. Of course, you know as a Muslim tradition demands that you are buried where you die.
“So, I can appreciate the sacrifices most of you sitting here have made in terms of materialism or even losing some of your friends to continue to support me. I have been here for three years and you have proved to people that you are not here for material things, but out of sacrifice and the strength of the moral courage you have is the the strength of the physical, it is the strength of losing the friends you have.
“I am sure you are being asked, this support you are busy giving Buhari, what do you get out of it. And that is why I commend your steadfastness and I am very grateful for it. In this country whether people like it or not, they will remain grateful for your courage because you have the courage to do the research, to take the time to reply mischievous representation and we are very grateful.”