President Buhari stated that he would want to be remembered as the President who stabilized Nigeria in the area of security, economic prosperity and victory over corruption.
The President, who said this a town hall meeting with South-East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo State on Thursday, September 9, said with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as President, security still remains a major priority for his administration.
“If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have.
“Security is number one priority and then the economy. When people feel secure they will mind their own business,’’ he said.
The President told South-East leaders that while fighting corruption in Nigeria had become very sophisticated and difficult, he would continue to strive to leave a lasting legacy of integrity and accountability in the system.
‘‘Nobody can accuse me of having companies or mansions anywhere in the country and I thank God that I try to keep myself as clean as possible, so that I cannot be taken hostage.
‘‘I will do my best to ensure that Nigerians that try hard, succeed in their efforts,’’ he said.
Acknowledging the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people, the President said;
‘‘The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in-charge of either infrastructure or pharmaceutical industry.
“Therefore, it is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria. The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.’’
‘‘I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses,’’ he said, adding that as a group, the Igbos stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because ‘‘they are more enterprising.’’