President Muhammadu Buhari has said members of the opposition cannot fault the efforts his administration has made in its three major areas of focus, namely security, economy and the fight against corruption.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke on Thursday in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State, while hosting some state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, some federal and state lawmakers and state commissioners to a lunch.
Buhari said he would continue to do what he was expected to do in the leadership position God had given him.
He said, “We are always encouraged when all our constituents are happy with the work we are doing and our genuine efforts to make sure that what we campaigned for in 2015 is still very much in our minds and we have not lost focus.
“In terms of security, economy and the fight against corruption, we have maintained focus. Even the opposition with all their resources cannot fault our identification of Nigeria’s priorities and the efforts being made to better them.
“We will continue to do what we ought to do in the leadership position God has placed us and we thank the constituents for the support.”
On the defections within the major political parties, the President reiterated his earlier position that he wished them well.
“For those who have decided to change camp for whatever reason, we wish them good luck,” he said.
The President said the combined efforts of defectors and their backers in the opposition would not distract his administration from the good work it was doing for the benefit and development of Nigeria.
He stressed that the ruling party had the full understanding of Nigeria’s challenges and was encouraged by the support of Nigerians in addressing them.
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation and Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha, commended the President on his efforts at keeping the nation together.
The feat, the Imo State Governor said, had been achieved through Buhari’s visionary leadership.
He noted that the President had remained focused and unshaken by situations and circumstances.
“This shows that your administration is approved by God.
“We are here to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing as Nigerians are very pleased with you.
“We also want to inform you that we had wonderful and peaceful Sallah celebration across the country because of security of lives and property you have guaranteed in our nation,” Okorocha told the President.
Okorocha was accompanied by the governors of Katsina, Kebbi, Kano and Niger states.