I Am Unhappy That Some Candidates Lost In The Elections – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is not happy that some candidates lost in the recent general elections, adding that Nigerians were the ones who decided the winners and the losers.

Buhari, who however did not disclose the candidates, noted that with the currency change, there was no money for politicians to spread around the country during the elections.

The president, from the ruling All Progressives Congress, spoke at a farewell meeting with the outgoing United States Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.

He added that he planned to be “a big landlord” working on his farms and tending his more than 300 animals in Daura, his hometown in Katsina State.

Buhari, who expressed satisfaction with the passion towards democracy exhibited by Nigerians through the choices they made in the just concluded presidential, National Assembly, governorship, and Houses of Assembly elections, said Nigeria’s democracy has truly matured.

“People are realising their power. Given the chance of a free and fair vote, nobody can tell them what to do. I am unhappy that some candidates lost in the election. But I am inspired by the fact that voters were able to make their own decision, to decide who won and who lost.”

“With the currency change, there was no money to spread around but even then, I told voters to take the money and vote according to their consciences,” the President said.

President Buhari stated that he was satisfied with his role in the election process without meddlesomeness or any form of interference.

Buhari, however, commended the outgoing Ambassador for the achievements recorded in Nigeria-US relations in the three-and-half years she had been here.

He chronicled a number of challenges faced by Nigeria as the country strives to unite its diverse communities and achieve national development and expressed his appreciation of the way the United States is able to hold together as a nation.

The President further expressed the hope that Nigeria will continue to make progress in building a nation out of its different and competitive communities, adding that he enjoyed working with the Ambassador and wished that she had more time to serve in the country.

In her remarks, the American Ambassador said she was happy with the progress made in Nigeria-US relations in the three–and–half years, specifically citing the recent institution of a five-year visa regime between the two countries; active collaboration in security and the supply of military hardware including warplanes and the soon-to-come fighter helicopters; and also cooperation in the health sector to fight HIV and COVID-19 response, giving assurances that US will continue to assist in the strengthening of Nigeria’s health sector

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