By Dipo Olowookere
President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerian professionals in varied fields of endeavour living in the United States of America (USA) that he cannot complain of what he met on ground when he took over power on May 29, 2015.
According to him, “I prayed so hard for God to make me President. I ran in 2003, 2007, 2011 and in 2015, He did. And see what I met on ground. But I can’t complain, since I prayed for the job.”
Mr Buhari, while speaking with the Nigerians as part of his trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, stated that, “We need quality hands to run Nigeria, and we will utilize them. I will like to welcome you home when it’s time. But I’ll like you to be ready.”
During the meeting, ways of moving Nigeria forward were discussed and the professionals included top flight aeronautics engineers, physicians, IT experts, a judge, a top policewoman, entrepreneurs, an import specialist at US Customs and Border Protection, professors, two straight A students, and many others.
The President praised the Nigerian professionals for making the country proud in foreign lands, saying, “Wherever you go in the world, you find highly competent and outstanding Nigerians. They not only make great impact on their host countries and communities, their financial remittances back home also help our economy, particularly at a time like this, when things are down.”
Mr Buhari narrated how God was good to him during in his military career.
“In the military, I rose from 2nd Lieutenant to Major-General. I was military governor in 1975 over a state that is now six states.
“I was head of state, got detained for three years, and headed the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), which had N53 billion of that time in Nigerian banks. God has been very good to me, so I can’t complain. If I feel hurt by anybody, I ask God to help me forgive. He has done so much for me,” he said at the meeting.