Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed deep regrets over his failure to live up to campaign promises he made prior to his election into presidency.
Addressing governors, legislators and political leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at his Daura residence on Monday, President Buhari vowed to do his best in the remaining days of his tenure, before admitting the difficulties Nigerians have had to face these past years.
Buhari, who arrived Daura, Katsina, on Friday for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, informed those present of his intentions to live out his days in Daura after he departs Ask Rock next year. Recall that the retired major general resided in Kaduna State before becoming President of Nigeria.
‘By this time next year, I would have made the most out of the two terms, and the remaining months I will do my best.
‘I wish the person who is coming after me the very best.
‘I am eager to go. I can tell you it has been tough. I am grateful to God that people appreciate the personal sacrifices we have been making,’ he said.
During a campaign before his first tenure as president in the Democratic era, Buhari had promised to eliminate corruption, tackle insurgency in the North-East region, and revigorate the state of Nigeria’s economy.
‘The fundamental issue facing this country is insecurity and the problem of the economy, which was being made worse by corruption.
‘I assure you that we are going to finally assemble a competent team of Nigerians to efficiently manage the country. I am appealing to you, the damage done to this country is great. The level of unemployment, level of insecurity is intolerable. The journey has begun. It will take time, it will take patience; it will take support from you to make sure that we succeed,’ he stated during one of his campaigns.
However, his two tenures have fallen short of what was expected, with the National debt surging to unprecedented levels, and insecurity remaining a daily bane on citizens. Unemployment rate has also climbed, with the education sector currently nothing to write home about.