President Muhammadu Buhari has boasted to the opposition of his huge following in Kano state, in Nigeria’s northwest region. The president is making a political capital of the mammoth reception that greeted him on his two-day visit to the state.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s assistant on media and publicity, the president was reported to have expressed being “overwhelmed with the massive reception” he received in the state.
“I think it has sent a clear message to the opposition”, Buhari reportedly said.
‘‘Even going by the details of the election results in 2003, 2007 and 2011, it was very clear that nobody could even dare to rig my scores from the elections in Kano.
‘‘It has been so consistent and I don’t think I have the vocabulary to express my thanks to the people of Kano.
‘‘I am very grateful to God and the people of Kano for the complete trust you have in me”.
The president was also said to have repeated a phrase from his 2015 presidential inaugural speech, saying “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody’’.
‘‘My problem is Nigeria and I have been involved in almost all the instability Nigeria experienced: the civil war, the coups, and counter-coups. That was why I said during my swearing-in that ‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.'”
‘‘Nigeria is my target and I will continue to maintain focus,’’ he said.