President Muhammadu Buhari says pregnant women and ordinary Nigerians will vote him back to power in Nigeria’s 2019 general election.
The President made this comment on Thursday during an interactive session with a select group of Nigerian professionals based in the United States and Canada.
Buhari said he was not hoping to get any vote from the “big men” because they don’t come out to vote during elections.
The President, who said he would perform better if given another opportunity, noted that he had warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to ensure that every vote counts in 2019.
Buhari said he instructed the electoral umpire and the security agencies that all Nigerians must be allowed to vote whoever they want without harassment.
The President said he recognised that Nigerians in the diaspora were talented people and called on them to come to the support of the country, particularly, in education.
Speaking further, President Buhari noted that he was not as slow as some people had assumed, stressing that he was trying to follow the law, especially as democracy is different from military rule.
The President recalled however, he detained people in Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos when he was a military head of state and then ensured they remained in custody until they were able to prove themselves innocent.
President Buhari assured the people that his administration was making progress but had to go by the law, assuring that “if I win the next election and I survive the next four years, I will do better”.