The federal Government of Nigeria has restated his New year vow and promise to serve God and Nigeria until his last day in office and beyond, saying nobody can blackmail him on inexplicable wealth and illicit enrichment while in office. Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement on Tuesday, said Buhari was speaking at a State banquet, Monday night, organised in his honour in Damaturu, the Yobe capital.
According to the president, nobody can blackmail him on inexplicable wealth and illicit enrichment while in office, saying ‘‘I do not have one square-inch outside Nigeria.’’He advised Nigerians to remain patriotic, saying ‘‘as I said more than 30 years ago, we have no other country than Nigeria, we must all stay here and salvage it together.’’ Buhari said that the most critical security challenge inherited by the administration nearly eight years ago was the potent and pervasive threat of terrorism.
The president expressed his utmost surprise and delight to affected States in Northeast Nigeria. The president recounted that the threat was particularly pervasive across the North East geopolitical zone with Yobe State as one of the most hit by the terrorists. He, therefore, declared that he has fulfilled the commitment made to Nigerians in his May 29, 2015 inaugural address to frontally and courageously tackle Boko Haram terrorists and stabilize the country.
‘In the North East, God has helped us to clear Boko Haram, the economy has picked up and some people are asking me about the achievements of my promise to fight corruption.
Buhari said: ‘‘Well, under this system fighting corruption is not easy. When I was in the military, as Head of State, I locked up some people because the Constitution says you must declare your assets and people who couldn’t explain the differences in their assets, I locked them up.
‘‘In the end, I was also locked up. So, if you want to serve this country you must be prepared for the worst. But one thing that I am grateful to God for is that nobody can blackmail me.
”I do not have one-square inch outside Nigeria and I intend to stay in Nigeria when I retire from public office.’’
Reflecting on his journey to the presidency and re-election, the president said:
‘‘Between 2003 and 2019, I visited all the local government areas in this country.
”In 2019 when I attempted a re-election, I visited every State and the number of people that came out to see who this Buhari is and was is more than what anybody can pay or force.
‘‘So, I thank God that Nigerians understood me and I made a promise that I will serve God and Nigerians.’’
Buhari commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe for taking advantage of the return of peace and security in the State to execute people-oriented projects. While describing the governor as very competent and courageous, the president said he was lucky to have him in the saddle as the political leader in the State, supporting the federal efforts to decimate Boko Haram terrorist group.
The president also acknowledged the cooperation of Nigeria’s neighbours in the fight against insurgency, recalling that his first visit outside the country in 2015 was to Niger and Chad, to garner support on tackling the misguided sect.
He appreciated the governor and people of Yobe, including Senate President Ahmed Lawan, for their warm reception during the State visit.