The presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not short- change any part of the country according to the way it voted in the March 28 presidential election.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said this in an interview with The Punch yesterday in Abuja. D urin g a question and answer session with journalists in the US on July 22, Buhari said: “(Going by election results), constituencies that gave me 95 per cent cannot in all honesty be treated, on some issues, with constituencies that gave me five per cent. I think these are political realities. While, certainly there will be
justice for everybody but the people who voted, and made their votes count, they must feel the government has appreciated the effort they put in putting the government in place.”
Referring to the suggestion that the president had implied he will favour the regions that voted for him more in the election, Adesina said that the comment was deliberately taken out of context. He said the balanced perspective of what the president had said was that it is natural politically to give more to those who supported him but then those who did not support him would not get anything less, because the constitution already protected them.
The presidential spokesman said: “People should just have been patient to listen to the entire trend. The President said it truly that people who gave him 95 per cent may get more attention in terms of reward and all that. But he also said that fortunately, the constitution has guaranteed the rights of every part of the country. What that means then is that even those who voted five per cent will get their dues and will not get things commensurate with five per cent votes. Some people deliberately decided to take part of what he said and
refused to balance it.
“The balanced perspective of what the President said is that it is natural politically to give more to those who supported him but then those who did not support him will not be given the shorter end of the stick because the constitution already protected them.”