Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s most recent president, has recalled a few contentious incidents that took place while his watch.
Approximately six months ago, the former President of Nigeria stated in an interview that he supported the controversial naira redesign programme in the last months of his presidency.
He stressed that the purpose of his endorsement was to protect his reputation and to inform Nigerians that hard work and determination are the keys to success—quick solutions are not necessary.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Buhari made these remarks during a state-run Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme on Monday night, claiming that Nigerians were a challenging population to lead.
The majority of citizens, in his opinion, know what is correct to do but typically choose not to do it because they believe they are more knowledgeable than the person in the saddle.
When questioned about the honesty of many of his advisors over his eight years in office, Buhari responded, “It is their problem,” raising the question of what those who harshly criticised him had accomplished on a local level to combat corruption.
The former president continued in the interview by restating that his administration made every effort to be accountable.
Buhari said that he was still being “harassed” by the large number of people that visit his house every day and that he would have escaped out of Nigeria by now if the border with a neighbouring nation had not closed.
But he was happy that he could now wake up whenever he wanted, he said. After leaving administration, the former president claimed he doesn’t miss anything.
“God allowed me to serve my country, but I did my best. But whether my best was good enough, I leave for people to judge, “ he stressed.
After making four unsuccessful attempts to win the presidency, Buhari admitted the instability in Borno State and the northeast when he assumed office, but he asserted that Boko Haram had been much weakened by the time he was leaving office.
“Nigerians are extremely difficult. People know their rights. They think they should be there, not you. So, they monitor virtually your every step. And you have to struggle day and night to ensure that you are competent enough,“ he said.
The former president said that, as president, he was too busy with domestic affairs to worry about international ones. He claimed that safeguarding the nation was his greatest challenge.
Buhari said that he was “living in peace” after leaving government because he had not tried to compete with Nigeria’s affluent class by obtaining land, homes, and vehicles while serving as the country’s leader.
Buhari claimed that several people had repeatedly tried to create a trap for him by giving him particular opportunities, but he had evaded the trap because he understood that once they discovered he was compromised, they would take advantage of the circumstance to exploit the nation.
They would prefer to take over as his boss, he continued. He said that because God had witnessed the excruciating agony he went through following each defeat during his presidential campaigns, God had assisted in the introduction of technology in 2015, enabling him to win the poll.
“Instead of people expressing sympathy, people laughed at me because I didn’t have money, because I couldn’t buy influence in any form, either from influential people or others. And I said ‘God dey’. And he sent the Permanent Voter Card (PVC). Meaning you now have only one vote,“ he stated.
Commenting further on the controversial naira policy, Buhari said: “Whether Nigerians believe it or not, we are an underdeveloped country. And in that sort of situation, there’s materialism and sometimes ruthlessly they didn’t care how they made the money.
“I still feel that the only way I could deprive these people was just to make sure that my integrity became unquestionable…I think as a developing country we still have a long way to go.
“The motivation (for introducing the policy) was to try and make Nigerians believe that there is no shortcut to successful leadership.”
Furthermore, he clarified that he wasn’t startled when governors from his party sued him to change the policy at the time.
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