The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said never again will any Nigerian politician win an election in the country by giving money to the electorate.
Dalung said this while speaking with a local tea maker (Mai Shayi) in Jere Town, on his way to the inauguration of the Olam Feed mill on Tuesday in Kaduna.
Dalung speaking in Hausa said: â€œBuhariâ€™s government is on the right track now and is working towards fulfilling it promises.â€
The minister then made a remark that appeared targeted at Nigeriaâ€™s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Sipping and enjoying a buttered bread, Dalung, according to Premium Times, said: â€œAnybody who thinks he will an election in Nigeria with his money now he should better do a rethink, gone are those days.â€
Atiku, a billionaire member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had accused the present administration of abandoning him despite utilising his support to come to power.
The former vice president is believed to have been one of the major financiers of the APC and lost the partyâ€™s presidential primaries to Buhari in the 2015 elections. He is believed to be preparing for the 2019 elections and is seen by many as one of the few who could challenge Buhari in the elections.
Speaking further on his support for Buhari, Dalung, who stayed for over 20 minutes with the locals, said, â€œIf we talk, they will say we are doing so because we are working with him. Even if we are not working with him we will always tell people the truth.
â€œIf Buhari had gotten to power 10 years ago, I swear to you many countries will have been copying from us in terms of development. Only God knows best. Had it been it wasnâ€™t Buhari that is the president of Nigeria now, the country would have been in serious crisis. Things are getting back to normal. The state of the countryâ€™s economy is getting over now. This road Abuja to Kano will soon get full rehabilitation.
â€œOn the Issue of farming, we shall have what we will eat. Anybody who cannot eat that should go to where he can get what he wants and eat. If you do not want to eat Nigerian rice you should go back to Thailand.
â€œFor us we will eat what we have here, we will drink Nigerian water, our tailors will sew our clothes and we will wear them.
â€œBuhari is now healthy. He travelled for Sallah to Daura, he arrived there safely. Some people are saying we are covering up the state of the presidentâ€™s health.â€
Not done, the minister added that â€œIf God says he will continue, we will support him; if he says otherwise we will be by him.â€
The minister also had a soft criticism for his colleague, the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, who has made it clear she would support Atiku in 2019 even if President Buhari seeks re-election.
â€œAnd for those who say they will not support him, they should know that Buhari never came out to contest willingly, it was the people that asked for him and always begged him to contest. They even contributed campaign monies for him.
â€œBuhari is for the poor so if you come out to say you will not support him, so what? The poor people will decide for Buhari.â€