President Muhammadu Buhari says he is at a loss as to why Nigerians voted for him despite not being rich.
Buhari said this on Tuesday, when he received the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26 by the house of representatives.
Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house, led a team of lawmakers to submit the report.
The President, while recalling the support he got during his presidential campaign, said he knew he had to repay Nigerians to the best of his ability.
“The number of people that turned out to see me, some waiting for 10 hours in the sun, was more than anyone could buy, or force. They just wanted to see who this Buhari was. People wonder why Nigerians accept me, despite not being rich. I wonder, too,” Buhari said.
“I felt I just have to serve Nigeria and Nigerians to the best of my ability.”
He urged leaders in the country to respect the people from the lowest to the highest, “so that it becomes a duty to them (the people) to pay back to the leadership”.
He said the leaders should respect the people by allowing them “to choose who they like as their leaders, irrespective of political party or religion.”