President Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated Nigerians for accepting and voting for him in the 2015 presidential election “despite not being rich”.
He stated this on Tuesday when he received the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26 by the House of Representatives.
The Nigerian leader stated that he was surprised to receive the support showed towards him during his presidential campaign.
‘Buhari noted that he knew he needed to serve Nigerians to the best of his ability, wondering why Nigerians accepted and voted for him
He said: “The number of people that turned out to see me, some waiting for 10 hours in the sun, was more than anyone could buy, or force. They just wanted to see who this Buhari was. People wonder why Nigerians accept me, despite not being rich. I wonder, too.
“I felt I just have to serve Nigeria and Nigerians to the best of my ability.”
Buhari opined that Nigerians are lucky and should congratulate themselves despite the challenges posed to tear the country apart.
He urged leaders to respect the people, from the lowest to the highest, “so that it becomes a duty to them (the people) to pay back to the leadership”.
The president, however, noted that respect for the people should be taken into consideration when choosing who they like as their leaders, irrespective of political party or religion.