President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday described those who live in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as ‘necessary evil’ because they voted for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the last presidential election.
He noted that he has all the results of all constituencies, adding that he knows those who didn’t vote for him but he’s not threatening the FCT.
Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was President Buhari’s main challenger in the poll which was held on February 23, 2019.
“I have all the results of all constituencies. I am not threatening FCT because to make FCT secure is to make myself secure and the Vice President. I think they are are necessary evil that was why they decided to vote for PDP,” Buhari said.
The president stated this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when he received a delegation from the FCT who paid him Sallah visit.
Atiku won the FCT in the last presidential poll. But the figure announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was different from what the former vice president claimed he actually got in the poll (based of his INEC server results).
He had since approached the court to contest the outcome of the election.
Buhari also commended his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also among those who visited him on Sallah day. According to Buhari, Osinbajo knows what they are going through very quietly.
“I want to appreciate the number two man of the country because he knows what we are going through very quietly. I am very pleased that you came with this very powerful constituency,” he said.
I appeal to you to remain exemplary so that those under you will know that the country is doing very well. If you break down and complain, the impact will reverberate all over and then government will not be popular and whatever efforts we are making will not be appreciated,” he added.
He further spoke about his presidency journey from 2003, saying that they were interesting political developments that enabled him visit all the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria.
According to him, he meets with the community leaders for understanding and support because even though he was once a governor, minister of petroleum and head of state, he doesn’t have a lot of money to share. The only thing he gave was smile and greetings when he went around for campaign.
Those who were present at the Sallah homage visit at the Presidential Villa include; Ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; the Director General of Department for State Service (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi; Civil Defence FCT Commandant.
Ex-Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu; and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.