It’s Not Easy Defending Me Or My Administration – Buhari


BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – As momentum gathers ahead of the 2019 elections, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday admitted that it is not easy to defend his administration and more particularly his person.

Buhari, who stated this when he received in audience members of the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he sympathized with those defending him, describing it as a herculean task in the midst of opposition.

He expressed appreciation to members of his media team saying; “I don’t think I can thank you enough for your steadfastness under very difficult circumstances.

“Your consistency has given me a lot of confidence. And I know you are doing it as a sacrifice both physical, mental and material.”

President Buhari, also expressed concern over what he described as the “enormous resources” at the disposal of the opposition which may be a factor, adding that the ruling APC may not be able to match such resources.

According to Buhari; “The APC might not be able to flex financial muscle with opposition parties and candidates because as I keep on saying, the opposition now are sitting on incredible resources which I am afraid we might not match it at all.

“For that reason the opposition is sponsoring mischief from different angles which in spite of the incumbency of government we cannot absolutely stop.

“It is you that are fighting it and I cannot thank you enough for that. Most of the people I jailed had given back all what they have taken before I was jailed.

“I spent 18 months in detention and luckily they did not find anything against me and I was released. But my problem was that there was a journalist from Edo State, I have forgotten his name now, he wrote that my mother had to die to save me. Because I was only released when my mother died to go and bury her. Of course you know according to the Muslim tradition you are buried where you die.

“So, I can remember most of you here sitting, the sacrifices you have made in terms of materialism even losing friends to continue to support me. I have been here for three years, you have proven to people that you are not here for material things, your opinion is out of sacrifice and the strength of the moral courage you have is the strength of the physical, it is the strength of losing the friends you have.

“And in this country, whether people like it or not, they will remain grateful for your courage because you have the courage to do the research, take your time to reply mischievous representation and we are very grateful,” President Buhari said.

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