President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, explained that he is delaying the formation of a new cabinet because he is putting together a formidable team to deliver on his next level promises to Nigerians.
Buhari stated this during his remark while receiving the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), led by its chairman, Omoniyi Akinsiju, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
The President also promised that his administration will do everything to end insecurity in the country.
He further promised to make Nigeria peaceful, prosperous and leave it better than he met it.
“Our government continues to grow in strength and will place a firm foundation for future generations.
“While there will be those who are determined to drag us back to the bad old days, your visit is timely. It is exactly a month ago that I was sworn in for a second term in office. The task ahead for the four years will require a formidable team,” he told his supporters.
He described the BMO as a key communication in the information management asset to his administration.
“Your efforts have been commendable. I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices during the first part of our journey.
“We have just come off rigorous campaigns during which I visit led all the 36 states of the federation campaigning, seeking the votes of Nigerians and telling them what we have done in the last four years.
“I campaign on three simple premises not different from those of 2015. To tackle insecurity, promote economic diversification and to fight corruption. Fulfilling these three promises are fundamental to taking Nigeria to the next level.
“I assure you that I am resolute on fulfilling these promises and will leave Nigeria a far better place than when we came.
“It is not an easy job to sell the administration’s services, we are doing unpopular things and facing powerful individuals and taking on invested interest who are accustomed to the corrupt era. But we must do things the right way; if we promised change then we must deliver it.
“This is regardless of whose interest is touched. There must be a manifest departure from the old order.
“We are making significant progress and these are evident for all to see. Despite attempts by enemies to twist and bend facts, most Nigerians know the truth.
“I acknowledged your steadfastness in telling the story of this administration’s successes. We will continue to intensify our efforts and ensure that our promises to Nigerians are kept and fulfilled.
“One message that is dear to me which I urged you to propagate is that I am determined to end security challenges we are facing in the country and make Nigeria a peaceful and a prosperous country.
“I implore you to continue the good work you have done with such commitment and the determination, ultimately your patriotism and love for this country can never be quantified or repaid,” he stated.
Akinsiju, speaking earlier, said the organization undertook the task to amplify media materials that echo the administration’s policy direction.
“The Organisation regularly commissions the writing and publishing of newspaper opinion articles and press statements to elucidate and amplify government programmes and clarify on socio-economic and political issues being undertaken by the administration.
“Members have also appeared regularly on television and radio to promote and defend the administration while maintaining an active presence on the social media on daily basis, engaging on issues affecting the President and his administration.”
He also said the Buhari-led administration has achieved more since the return to democracy in the country, with facts to prove.
He said despite twisted narrative about clashes between farmers and pastoralists, he claimed the administration has shown the most commitment towards ending the decades-long conflict.
“We are conscious of the need to push your achievements beyond elitist’s boundary to the millions of silent and media underserved Nigerians at the base of the pyramid.
“We are resolute that this must be done. We, therefore, respectfully, seek the strengthening of our organization, by a strategic reinforcement of our capacity – through the leadership of Messrs Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu and Laolu Akande,” he added.