President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed fears that the opposition is presently in possession of so much money which they are using to sponsor mischief against him, in the build up to the 2019 general election.
The President said his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), unfortunately does not have such amount of funds to match the opposition. Buhari, who stated this yesterday, when he received the Buhari Media Organization, (BMO), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said members of the opposition were churning out mischief against him, all in an effort to discredit and make him unpopular.
The President sympathised with those supporting his government in view of the increasing opposition against him.
He, however, appreciated the efforts of the BMO whom he said might have lost a number of friends for supporting him. President Buhari commended their work which he said was a great sacrifice which they are doing without financial rewards.
He said: “I don’t think I can thank you enough for your steadfastness under very difficult circumstances. It is not easy to defend this administration and more in particular to defend me. “But your consistency has given me a lot of confidence. And I know you are doing it as a sacrifice both physical, mental and material.
“Because as I keep on saying, the opposition now is sitting on incredible resources which I am afraid we might not match at all. “For that reason, the opposition is sponsoring mischief from different angles which in spite of the incumbency of government we cannot absolutely stop. “It is you that are fighting it and I cannot thank you enough for that.”
The President went on memory lane to re-echo the decision he took as a military head of state where he ordered the arrest, detention, and prosecution of those that allegedly looted public funds, but also noted that those who were found not guilty were discharged. “Most of those people that were being judged by back what they have taken.
I spent 18 months in detention and luckily they did not find anything against me and I was released. “But my problem was that there was a journalist from Edo State he wrote an article on me. He wrote that my mother had to die to save me.
“Because I was only released when my mother died to go and bury her. Of course you know as a Muslim you are buried where you die,” he added. “So, I can remember what most of you here sitting, the sacrifices you have made in terms of material things even losing friends to continue to support me and I have been here for three years.
“You have proven to people that you are not here for material things, your opinion is out of sacrifice and the strength of the moral courage you have is the strength of the physical, it is the strength of losing the friends you have.
“I am sure you are being asked, this support you are busy giving Buhari what the hell do you get out of it. And that is why I commend your steadfastness and I am very grateful for it.
“And in this country, whether people like it or not, they will remain grateful for your courage because you have the courage to do the research, take your time to reply mischievious representation and we are very grateful.”
In his remarks, the leader of Buhari Media Organisation which was formerly Buhari Media Support Organization, Austin Braimoh, said the group believes in the government of the President.