President Muhammadu Buhari has described residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as “necessary evil” for failing to vote for him and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election.
The president said this when a delegation of FCT residents led by senator representing FCT, Sen. Philip Aduda, paid him Sallah homage at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.
Buhari equally expressed satisfaction that Aduda, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator, was seated far away from him.
Also, he said that he would secure the FCT for himself and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also at the gathering.
Buhari said, “I want to appreciate the number two man of the country because he knows what we are going through very quietly. I am very pleased that you came with this very powerful constituency.
“I appeal to you to remain exemplary so that those under you will know that the country is doing very well. If you break down and complain, the impact will reverberate all over and then government will not be popular and whatever efforts we are making will not be appreciated.
“I have just spoken to the senator on my left (Philip Aduda) and I told him that his constituency did not vote for me. So, I was very pleased that when they made the arrangement they put him very far way from me.
“I have all the results of all constituencies. I am not threatening FCT because to make FCT secure is to make myself secure and the vice-president. I think they know that they are necessary evil that was why they decided to vote for PDP.”
The Herald recalls that at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) during his official state visit to the United States on July 22, 2015, Buhari, who was just elected for a first term, rebuked the Niger Delta for giving him “five percent” of the votes, urging residents of the region not to expect to be treated like those from regions that gave him “97 percent”.