In a statement made available to Newsmen by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari made the statement at a State Dinner in Benin, the Edo State capital, on Monday.
The President, also expressed fears over the forthcoming Gubernatorial elections in Ondo, and the National, and State Assembly rerun elections in Rivers State, maintaining that the conduct of the elections, would serve as a litmus test for the general elections in 2019.
‘‘What happened in the last elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Rivers States disturbs me a lot. I think we should go beyond these actions. Why do we kill each other? Putting tyres on people, and setting them ablaze,” asked the President.
He added: ‘‘I have told the law enforcement agencies, if we can’t conduct an election in one State, then we should forget about 2019,’’ the President said.
Acknowledging the role played by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, in ensuring the success of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last Gubernatorial elections in the State, President Buhari, challenged the Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, to continue in Oshiomhole’s footsteps of providing purposeful leadership, in terms of quality infrastructure, education, and social services.
“The publicity your predecessor has given his performance, is going to stretch you to the limit.
“Considering what he has done, you have to continue in his footsteps. We wish you the best of luck, and will do our best to support you,’’ the President said.
On the current economic challenges in the country, the President, assured Nigerians that his administration was working hard on diversification of the economy, to limit the country’s over-dependence on oil over the years.
“This country has incredible mineral resources. All we need is to believe in ourselves, so that we can have and leave a better Nigeria for our children and grandchildren,’’ the President said.