President Muhammadu Buhari said on Christmas Day that he was unruffled by the tag of “Baba go -slow” on him by his traducers because of his insistence on retrieving Nigeria’s stoeln money.
For him, it is the system that is slow not him. Buhari who spoke when he received the Federal Capital Territory community on Christmas homage, at his official residence in Abuja, said unlike when he was in the military, he has to go by the system as a democratically elected President.
In reference to his 2019 re-election campaign, Buhari stated that the focus had not changed from what the All Progressives Congress outlined in 2015 for that year’s general elections.
He said his campaign would remain focused on the tripod of fighting corruption, insecurity and improving the economy.
The President is expected to launch his re-election campaign on December 28 in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital in the South-South geo-political zone.
The other zones, North-East, North-Central, North-West, South-West and South-East, will follow in subsequent dates.
Buhari said, “The party (APC) nominated me and I will contest. We are watching the Independent National Electoral Commission very seriously and we are going out very soon.
“We will go from geo-political zone to geo-political zone, to remind the people of our promises in 2015. There are three fundamental things. Security comes first, because you have to secure the country before you can govern it. Talking about what we have done regarding securing the country, the people of the North-East know better. The three fundamental things we campaigned with are still very relevant,” he said.
Buhari while dwelling on the successes recorded by his administration in the area of the fight against corruption, security and improving the economy, said;.
“On improving the economy, which we are still going to explore, we have done well in agriculture, and those who embraced farming are not regretting it and we have also addressed unemployment and we are very lucky, through that we are now attaining food security.
“I am going slowly but whatever the case, I will not stop pointing fingers at those who have abused trust by taking money that does not belong to them. I will keep on trying to do my best for this country and get back what belongs to the country.
“We are going to do the roads, revive the railway and electricity with the little resources at our disposal. Fighting Corruption, yes, we are slow because the system is slow. It’s not Baba that is slow but it is the system. So, I am going by this system and I hope we will make it,” he said.
The community was led by the Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello.
The minster, in his marks had praised Buhari for his performance so far, while praying God sustained him in good health to continue his good works.
“We pray that God Almighty will continue to grant you good health, strength, capacity, ability and patience to continue to lead us to the promised land,” Bello said.
“On behalf of the FCT, we appreciate you for the good work you are doing for the territory. Just last week, you inaugurated for us a new airport terminal and so many road projects that are going on in Abuja.
“We feel highly delighted to be hosting you here and it is my honour on behalf of the FCT community to assure you that we are solidly behind you and by the grace of God, we look forward to you spending another four years in the State House,”
The Primate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Nicholas Okoh, was on the delegation.
The cleric thanked God that Buhari regained his full health.