President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said that his second term in office may be tougher than the first term.
“My last lap of four years, I think is going to be tough. People are very forgetful and that’s why during the campaign I spoke about our cardinal agenda,” he said when he received members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner of the last Saturday Presidential Election. Buhari got 15,191,847 votes to defeat former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 11,262,978 votes.
Top government officials who were present at the meeting include; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and over 20 ministers.
“On my last lap of four years, I think it is going to be tough because people are being forgetful. That was why wherever I went, I reminded them of the campaign promise of our party, particularly security, as I kept on saying that you have to secure the country well and institutions. If you don’t secure the country, you can’t achieve anything no matter how many programmes you put in place.
“On the economy, unemployment is a problem of this country as a whole. More than 60 per cent of the youth need to be kept busy. I realised that God heard our prayers. It had been two good rainy seasons and we had the foresight to get the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Central Bank of Nigeria to try and give soft loans to farmers so that everybody that is educated and looking for white-collar jobs and cannot get it, can go back to the land. We are lucky the rainy season had been good. He added, “I think we are also lucky that through the governors in some states like Lagos, Ogun, Kebbi, Jigawa and Ebonyi in particular, we don’t import rice but we have savings from rice in terms of foreign exchange which we put in the budget and use for infrastructure.
“That is a very good thing because the oil sector is becoming very difficult to predict. It is becoming unpredictable and depending on it makes us materially insecure but thank goodness, agriculture has come to save it and people are appreciating it.”