President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Leader of the Delegation, Alhaji Umar Shuaibu, Chief Kalu Uwakwe, and others during an audience with members of Forum for former State Chairmen Defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) at the State House Chambers. Photo; Sunday Aghaeze
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting the interest of the country.
President Buhari, who received former State Chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, at the State House in Abuja, noted that the passion and zeal for improving the livelihood of Nigerians, which culminated in the creation of the political party had not dwindled, calling for more steadfastness as Nigerians.
The President said the self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between 1967-1970 must not be allowed to repeat itself, noting that the CPC was founded on the bedrock of patriotism and loyalty to the unity of the country.
President Buhari urged all members of the defunct CPC and political leaders to always be mindful of the larger picture by working towards preserving the unity, peace, and integrity of the nation.
He thanked the former chairmen of the political party, which was merged to form the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, for always highlighting the achievements of the government, admitting that some areas will surely get more attention.
“I am delighted to welcome the forum of State Chairmen of the former Congress for Progressives’ Change to State House today. I accord great significance to this visit as it demonstrates a determination and commitment to identify with our administration.
“I commend members of this forum and all members of the legacy party-CPC, for their continued dedication to the ideals of democratic governance that we all believed in.
“The doggedness with which we pursued our vision and goals that culminated into the success we recorded remain like bright stars in the history of our dear nation,’’ he added.
The President said efforts had been made in appointing some members of CPC in his government, including those in the Federal Executive Council.
Describing the President as the Patriarch of the CPC, the Chairman of Forum and former Chairman of the party in Niger State, Alhaji Umar Shuaibu, said the party had maintained all its structures across the country, assuring President Buhari of their loyalty, especially in the forthcoming elections.
Shuaibu commended the President for providing strong leadership over the years, particularly in remaining balanced, fair and above board in electoral issues.
“Before you, the opposition was arrested and maltreated, but it is no longer so,’’ he said, “You did not deny them what they denied you when they were in power.’’
Alhaji Shuaib said the CPC had always garnered millions of votes in elections across the country, and would support the APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello, editing by Daniel Adejo