President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he would work harder in his second term which he described as his ‘last lap’ to address the challenges facing the country, adding he would not let them down
He gave the assurance when he had audience with leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), when they paid him a congratulatory visit in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari who was declared winner of the February 23rd Presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having polled 15,191,847 to defeat his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 11,262,978 votes, said, ” This is my last lap, I will try to work harder. I assure you, I will not let you down.”
Buhari said, “I’m very appreciative of this visit, especially when I have seen some of my seniors, some of my colleagues and a couple of my juniors, among the team. This reminds me of the good old days when we were in the military.
“Actually, nobody drop from the sky. For Arewa Consultative Forum to identify with me, having come from this geo-political zone, I’m very much appreciative of this.
“I’m very please with the address of the chairman who reminded me of the undertaken we made basically on the three important things my party campaigned on and succeeded.”
Buhari recalled on how the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) facilitated his victory in 2015, adding, “This is my last lap and I will try to work even harder than I did. I assure you, I will not let you down, I will do my best and I will pray to God, my best will be good enough. I thank you very much indeed.”
Chairman of the ACF’s board of trustees, Alhaji Adamu Fika who led the delegation, said the visit was to congratulate the president over his victory at the polls.
Fika, recalled that in May 2016 when the the delegation, led by late Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano, they had drawn Buhari’s attention to projects of concern to the North and of benefit to Nigeria at large.
He listed the projects to include the Baro Dry Port, the Mambilla Hydro power, self- sufficiency in agricultural produce, road construction and rehabilitation, and abve all oil and gas exploration.
“It is pleasing to note that since then, the Baro dry port has been commissioned, while all other projects have been reactivated and now being implemented,” Fika said.
The elder statesman said, “We pray that those organs of Government charged with the responsibility for the Implementation will double their efforts to ensure that these projects are executed fully to their logical conclusion within reasonable time.”
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