President Buhari says Nigeria survived its past abuses by past administrations only by the grace of God. President Buhari said this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
“Some of the things I saw here were unbelievable. I still shudder and wonder how a country can survive under such abuses. It is only by an act of God that we survived,” he said.
According to the statement, President Buhari made the comments when he received his supporters under the auspices of the Governance Support Group at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He thanked the group for their love and support for his administration, even in the face of the challenges some of them went through.
“I can never forget your sacrifices and I am grateful for all. You never gave up when things were bleak, and we needed to survive. I can’t express my gratitude enough. In spite of the environment you found yourself, you kept believing and pushing.
Some of you were really exposed to risks. My consolation is that you voluntarily threw in your lot with me. Some of you exposed yourself so much, and I knew it. I urge you to still stick to your principled ways of doing things and our country will be the better for it” he said
According to him, after losing in three elections and pursuing cases up to the Supreme Court, he learnt that ethnicity and religion had no place in Nigerian politics, but personal interests prevailed.
The Chairman of the Governance Support Group, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, commended the President for the bold initiatives in restoring security, tackling corruption, and setting the economy on a more predictable path.
Nwajiuba said the group would continue to support and advise the President on areas that needed more attention, which include engagement with party members and supporters, empowerment of Nigerians and the fight against kidnapping.