I was with President Buhari when he received President de Sousa at a bilateral meeting, and the latter invited him to visit Portugal. He had said: “Please come, even if it’s for half a day. It would be a great honor to have you, and we have been waiting for you to visit for three years. Many African leaders have come, but we want Nigeria.”
The visit was envisaged for 2020, but then COVID-19 struck, and it became impossible for about two years. Now, ‘come has come to become,’ and President Buhari is visiting in a blaze of glory. Nigeria’s flag is fluttering proudly in the European skyline, thanks to the Mai Gaskiya, the honest man, man of integrity, widely respected across the globe.
I’ve seen President Buhari decorated with National Awards across continents, completely unsolicited. And the man remains ever self-effacing, without a single bone of arrogance in his body. Don’t you love to follow a man like this? I sure do.
President Buhari’s footprints will be indelible on the sands of time. His strides in infrastructure, agriculture, social investment, and many others will remain evergreen. Security is a thorny issue. I pray he cracks it in the remaining 11 months. As for revisionists, who try to ensure that the administration would be remembered for only massive insecurity that has plagued the land, they will never win. Buhari’s place in history is secure already. Good and honest Nigerians will always remember him for his positive strides, and the world will not forget him either.