President Buhari says huge crowds in Kano should make opposition very, very afraid.
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the massive reception that greeted his arrival in Kano for a 2-day working visit "is a message to the opposition’’ that his popularity in the region remains unshaken.
Buhari harvested the most votes in Kano in 2015; and a sea of humans lined the streets and palaces to catch a glimpse of the president this week.
The president is touring the northern state to commission a handful of projects executed by host Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
On Wednesday, the president hinted at re-election plans when he said:"I am overwhelmed by the sea of people I see, and by what I see today, if elections are contested I will no doubt win it,"
Speaking much later during a state dinner held in his honour, Buhari expressed gratitude to the government and people of Kano for the very warm and peaceful reception he has been accorded.
‘‘I am overwhelmed with the massive reception I have received and definitely since this is partisan politics, I think it has sent a clear message to the opposition.
ALSO READ: All the pictures as president visits Kano
‘‘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,’’ he said.
Future for youth
The President noted that during his drive around the city on Wednesday to commission several projects, many of those who thronged the roads to welcome him were very young people.
He pledged that as a person in a position of authority, his priority is to provide a meaningful future for the teeming youths in the country through education and faithful management of the economy and resources.
ALSO READ: 4 notable things president said in Kano
The President congratulated Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on his development strides in the State and urged other political office holders to emulate and support the State governor.
‘‘He is a great politician and I am afraid I am still learning,’’ the President remarked.
President Buhari reaffirmed that his message at his inaugural address, "I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,’’ will continue to guide his stewardship to the Nigerian people.
‘‘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.
The Nigerian leader is yet to say if he'll seek re-election or not, but he's been dropping hints by the bucketload.