President Muhammadu Buhari has shared that anybody who is interested in becoming the next president of Nigeria the way he did should gear up for the hard work involved.
Speaking while hosting members of a group known as Progressive in Academics (Pro-Acad) at the presidential villa, Abuja, Buhari stressed that getting into power in 2015 was not easy for him as he had to fight election petition till Supreme court.
“I believe those who are interested need to know that I tried three times and the fourth time, I thank God and technology. Before they announced the result on radio and television, we got the results and those who disagreed were asked to go to court. Most of my supporters are looking for the next day’s meal, they don’t have money to give to lawyers. So I said God dey!
“So, the fourth time because of technology they couldn’t rig the elections, so I won. So this time around I tried to work hard. I think you have more to do as intellectuals to make sure you correct Nigeria’s intellectual development, it is very important for the next generation.
“A lot of our young people are taking things for granted. Imagine to contest elections three times and ending up in the Supreme Court, it takes a lot of conviction and hard work. But people take things for granted, they say I want to be the president. As if I just to closed my eyes and opened and I got it.”