President Muhammadu Buhari has recounted how he was sent to jail during the military regime in 1985 when he was detained for over two years by then military president, Ibrahim Babangida.
While speaking when he paid homage to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in his palace on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari, said he will still win an election in Kano State because of the overwhelming reception he got at the start of his two-day visit to the state.
“I am overwhelmed by the reception the people of Kano offered to me. This has indicated that I can still win an election in Kano. The people of Kano are aware of the tremendous jobs we did on security and agriculture,” Buhari said.
The president said he had seen a lot in politics since he joined it in 2003, adding that Nigerians must understand the difference between democratic and military administration.
“When I was the military head of state, I have arrested many people and jailed them for alleged corruption and in the end, I also ended in a jail,” he said.
He lamented that from 1999 to 2014, Nigeria got so much wealth but it was misused.
“They squandered the money and we still don’t have a constant power supply, no good education for our children and we don’t have good hospitals and roads,” he said.
The president said further that his government had played significant roles in restoring peace and harmony in the northeast.
“We have recorded tremendous successes in our efforts to achieve the three agenda of my government; security, economy, and fight against corruption,” he said.
“Nigeria, Chad and Niger Republic have succeeded in crushing Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast. The countries have come together to fight a common goal because without peace and stability we cannot achieve anything,” he said.
President Buhari said the north is important to the country, because “If there is peace and stability in the north, there will be peace and stability in the whole country and if there is a problem in the region it will affect the entire country.”