President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Daura, Katsina State told governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to remain steadfast in delivering their promises to the people.
According to him, “We have done our best and thank God for what we have been able to achieve with the available resources, otherwise we would have been in trouble.’’
He therefore implored historians and intellectuals to be factual in keeping the records of the administration, especially in guiding the electorates to make right choices of leadership for the country.
The president, who received some APC) governor in his country home, in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the future of Nigeria would be shaped by the diligence and honesty of those who document history and provide analysis of situations, knowing the value of what obtained in the past and afterwards.
Buhari said it would be unfortunate to mislead the electorate with lies and personal bias, reiterating the need to put the larger interest of the country beyond other colorations.
He said, “For the time remaining, and for those who have one more term in office based on the provision of the constitution, the elections are important to the parties. Intellectuals and historians should be fair to us, so that those who are looking for leadership positions, will not exploit the political ignorance or lack of knowledge of the people.’’
The president said the security situation had improved compared to the instability in the North East before 2015, and the South-South, where some parts of the north were directly under the control of terrorists, while the south was facing serious challenges.
“The subsequent development in the North West is the most amazing, where people who lived together, spoke the same language and shared common faith started killing one another and rustling cows.
“I had to change the security chiefs and we had to get down to the fundamentals of providing security. If you look at the situation in relation to time and resources, you will find out what we have been able to achieve,’’ the president said.
He said oil prices fell from more than $100 to less than $38 per barrel under his administration, and the output that was 2.1 million barrels a day dropped to about 500,000 barrels, yet a lot was achieved.
In his remarks, the governor of Kebbi State and chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, thanked the president for providing vision and strong leadership for the APC, noting that the efforts to mainstream agriculture as the mainstay of the economy was yielding results.
“I drove from Kebbi State to Daura, and stopped to pick the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, and realised that for the eight hours of coming here, we didn’t see more than 10km of land that was not cultivated.
“It goes to show that the efforts to improve security are also paying off. Farmers are taking advantage and planting. In six weeks, Your Excellency, you have commissioned projects in Lagos, Kano, Katsina and Borno States, and also launched some projects virtually.
“We appreciate the projects the federal government is doing in every state of the country and supporting governors, even those that are not so progressive,’’ he said.
Bagudu said three governors, Prof Ben Ayade of Cross River, David Umahi of Ebonyi and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara left their former parties to join the APC because of the fatherliness, equitable character and focus of the President on bottom-up development.
“We are proud to have you as our leader. Your achievements and ideals are inculcated in all of us,’’ he said.