President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who visited to congratulate him after his second term victory and warned that he would be tough in his governance of the country in the next four years.
While receiving FEC members, Buhari said the reason he campaigned in 36 states and Federal Capital Territory was to prove he was fit and ready for governance in the next four years.
Buhari secured another term of four years by scoring 15, 191,847 votes the votes of 11,262,978 scored by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Buhari said that he will intensify efforts in the three areas of security, economy and fighting corruption
He said that the next four years would be as the administration implements policies and programmes geared towards fulfilling campaigns promises.
“My last lap of four years I think is going to be tough because people are very forgetful – that was why wherever I went I reminded them of the campaign by our party of the three fundamental issues – security because you have to secure a country or an institution to manage it properly. If you don’t secure it you can’t manage it no matter how much propaganda you put in place.
“Secondly the economy, the unemployed able bodies is the problem of this country as a whole – more than 60 per cent are youths – that meant 35 years and below – they need to be kept busy.
“I realised that and I think God had our prayers that the two previous rainy seasons were good and we had the for sight to get the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Central Bank to try and give soft loans to farmers so that able bodies that have land can go back to land,” he said.
The president also spoke on his fitness, saying his full participation and the successful completion of campaign in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had proven the opposition wrong that he was unfit to govern the nation.
He said the campaign did not only prove that he was medically fit, but a clear indication that he was ready to continue working for the country and its people in the next four years.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of congratulatory cards to the president by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Gida Mustapha and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winfred Oyo-Ita.