President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded a group of his supporters for being steadfast in their support for him through his political journey.
President Buhari made the commendation when members of the Buhari Support Group Centre visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
The group, led by Umaru Dembo, its Director-General, informed the president that the centre would be renamed “Buharism Centre” in order to propagate the political philosophy to be known as “Buharism.”
Dembo stated that the centre had begun work to institutionalise “Buharism”, adding that the ideology would share the political vision and philosophy of President Buhari across the country.
Responding, President Buhari thanked members of the group, some which he noted have been with him since he forayed into politics, for their loyalty despite him offering no monetary motivation to them.
Speaking on the 2019 presidential election, the president said it was evident that he got overwhelming support from Nigerians.
He, however, told his audience that the election is now in the past, adding that it is time for him and winners of other election to serve Nigerians honestly.
The president promised to lift the country from its level of potentials to a greater level.
President Buhari said: “The 2019 elections are behind us. Nigerians have spoken, and they have spoken loudly in our favour. It is now time to serve them, and serve well. We will not fail.
“We will serve honestly, genuinely, and with our heart and might. Our country has oscillated for too long at the level of promises and potentials. It is now time to explore and exploit the potentials for the good of all Nigerians, particularly the ordinary people. It shall be accomplished,’’ he said.
“This group is composed of people who have identified with me since I threw my political hat into the ring in 2002. And they have stood with me through thick and thin, abiding with me in the electoral and legal processes of 2003, 2007, 2011, till God gave us victory in 2015, and also 2019.
“Many more people joined us along the line, and the Centre expands by the day. I salute your faithfulness, your persistence, and your ruggedness. It never ceases to amaze me that you have kept faith, even when I have not given you much, or even anything, in return.’’