President Muhammadu Buhari said he is prepared to give the opposition presidential candidates the opportunities he was not given when he contested for election in the past.

 

Buhari said the three times he contested for presidency he was cheated at the polls.

 

He also added that his emergence as the President of Nigeria was made possible by God and the technology.

 

President Buhari stated this on Monday, while receiving a delegation from the International Republic and National Democratic Institute, United States.

 

This was made known by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

 

“I am glad you are here to assess our pre-election preparations. It reminds me of the visit by the then Secretary of State, John Kerry, before the 2015 polls. We appreciate the concern of America for stability in developing countries,” the President was quoted as saying.

 

“Having run for President three times, ending up at the Supreme Court all three times, before God and technology made a way for me the fourth time, I know what it is to be cheated at the polls. What they used to do was just to award votes, and tell anyone who was dissatisfied to go to court. But we won’t do that. I am prepared to give the opposition the opportunities I was not given in the past.”

 

“We have done fairly well in the areas we focused on. We know how many local government areas in the north-east were under Boko Haram occupation before we came.

 

“That does not happen again, save for cowardly attacks, using young girls as suicide bombers. Other areas of security challenge like farmers-herdsmen clashes are receiving attention, and would be sorted out as much as possible.”

 

On the Electoral Bill that was not assented to, the President said: “Time is against us. We are extremely vulnerable, and need to be careful that messages are not hijacked and figures tampered with, while being transmitted electronically. Even the Russians were accused of tampering with American election, so we will remain conventional, and use electronic transmission in subsequent elections.”