President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 10, 2020 praised his administration for not using federal might to 'overrun' the opposition during last year's elections.
The president played host to governors of the northeast region at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday with security the most pressing issue that was discussed.
During his response to the presentation made by the governors, President Buhari said he was proud about how his All Progressives Congress (APC) was impartial during last year's polls, a decision he said led to the loss of some states to the opposition.
He said, "Some of those that defeated us are sitting here.
"We know we are a developing country but we respect our country, otherwise, with the use of Army, the police and the rest of them, we could have overrun you.
"We just wanted to show that we are humane and we are Nigerians. We will continue to do our best."
Buhari's victory at the polls last year was contested by his main opponent, Atiku Abubakar, who said it was the worst election in the nation's history filled with many irregularities. Atiku lost his case at the Supreme Court.
While speaking on Monday, Buhari noted that his administration is doing its best to restore peace across the country.
"I assure you North East governors, especially the governor of Borno, that we go to bed and wake up thinking about you and how to secure our country.
"That is the fundamental responsibility of a government - security," he said.
Monday's meeting was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, five northeast state governors, the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the heads of intelligence agencies.