PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Friday affirmed that it was a herculean task trying to defend his performance in office.
He made the observation when he received members of the Buhari Media Organisation who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He expressed fear over what he said was the enormous means available to the opposition which he said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may not be able to compete with.
He, however, thanked the group for their sacrifices which he said the members had to undergo just to support him.
Buhari said: “I don’t think I can thank you enough for your steadfastness under very difficult circumstances.
“It is not easy to defend this administration and more in particular to defend me.
“But your consistency has given me a lot of confidence. And I know you are doing it as a sacrifice both physical, mental and material. Because as I keep on saying the opposition now is sitting on incredible resources which I am afraid we might not match it at all.
“For that reason, the opposition is sponsoring mischief from different angles which in spite of the incumbency of government we cannot absolutely stop.
“It is you that are fighting it and I cannot thank you enough for that.”
The president reiterated that the assets he seized when he jailed some people as a military head of state had been returned to the people.
According to him, after being jailed nothing was found on him.
He added: “Most of the people I jailed have been given back all that they have taken before I was jailed.
“Most of those people that were being judged by various tribunals have been given back what they have taken.
“I spent 18 months in detention and luckily they did not find anything against me and I was released. But my problem was that there was a journalist from Edo State he wrote an article against me. He wrote that my mother had to die to save me. Because I was only released when my mother died to go and bury her of course you know as a Muslim tradition you are buried where you die.”
According to the president, members of the group lack materials things because of their decision to support him.
He stated: “So, I can remember what most of you here sitting, the sacrifices you have made in terms of materialism even losing friends to continue to support m.e I have been here for three years.
“You have proven to people that you are not here for material things, your opinion is out of sacrifice and the strength of the moral courage you have is the strength of the physical, it is the strength of losing the friends you have.
“I am sure you are being asked this support you are busy giving Buhari what the hell do you get out of it. And that is why I commend your steadfastness and I am very grateful for it.
“And in this country, whether people like it or not, they will remain grateful for your courage because you have the courage to do the research, take your time to reply mischievous representation and we are very grateful”
In his remarks, the leader of Buhari Media Organization, Austin Braimoh expressed confidence in the Buhari Administration.
He said the group had been able to change the media negative narrative which he observed had been propagated by the opposition.