President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed to Ogun traditional rulers to prevail on their subjects to be law abiding and show respect to constituted authority during and after the general elections after the violence that marred the rally at the state capital.
‘‘I am happy for what you have done on voter education so that your people can choose whoever they like from whatever party,’’ he said.
Buhari spoke at a meeting with Ogun State traditional rulers, led by Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
The meeting was held after he and other All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders were pelted and booed at the party’s rally in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The president, however, hailed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for his role in delivering on the ‘Change Agenda,’ particularly in his capacity as the head of the National Economic Council (NEC).
His words: “Him (Osinbajo) being the Chairman of NEC is in a very strong position to know what we are earning and what we are doing with the earnings.
‘‘I am very pleased with his vast experience and intellect. He has captured effectively what the administration has done and I commend him for playing a very great part in that. Thank you, Mr Vice President.’’
The President told the traditional rulers that in all the States he had visited so far for his re-election bid, he had taken time to explain to Nigerians the achievements, programmes and future plans of his government in the three key areas of economy, security and anti-corruption.
‘‘On the promises on security, I have mentioned repeatedly that the people of the North East appreciate our undertakings because you cannot manage a country unless it is secure. We have succeeded in that and we thank God,’’ he said.
The President noted that Nigeria has attained food security under his watch, adding that many farmers have testified that fertilisers are now available and affordable.
‘‘Fighting corruption is the most difficult under our system but still, we have not given up. We are steadfast in our determination to ensure that those who abuse trust are brought before the law and punished,’’ he added.