President Buhari yesterday said he has used his first term in office to bring Nigeria back to its feet despite the fact that some vested interests had resisted his change agenda.
Speaking at the inaugural celebration of June 12 as the Democracy Day at the Eagle Square, Abuja on Wednesday, he said the country must now move to the “next level,” Nigerian Tribune reports.
He said: “In my first term, we put Nigeria back on its feet. We are working again despite a difficult environment in oil on which we depend too much for our exports. We encountered huge resistance from vested interests who do not want Change, But Change has come, we now must move to the Next Level.
“By the Grace of God, I intend to keep the oath I have made today and to serve as President for all Nigerians.”
Buhari asserted that he had respected the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), noting that the last general elections were the free, fair and peaceful.
According to him, “Throughout the last four years, I respected the independence of INEC. I ensured that INEC got all the resources it needed for independent and impartial management of elections in the country.
“All interested parties are agreed that the recent elections, which except for pockets of unrest, were free, fair and peaceful.
“I thank all the people who worked for our party, who campaigned and who voted for us. I thank my fellow Nigerians, who, since 2003 have consistently voted for me.
“Victory is your greatest reward; peace, unity and greater prosperity will be our collective legacy.”
The President remarked that he would consolidate on his achievements in the years to come and correct observed lapses.
“The principal thrust of this new Administration is to consolidate on the achievements of the last four years, correct the lapses inevitable in all human endeavors and tackle the new challenges the country is faced with and chart a bold plan for transforming Nigeria,” he stated.