Former President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians place too much value on material things.
He claimed that this made it challenging for him to win over many powerful people in his unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
“Nigeria, believe it or not, we’re an underdeveloped country. We get so impressed by our material things and sometimes ruthlessly don’t care how you make the money…you should be rich, have a fantastic house, flashy cars, going overseas regularly,” Buhari said in a retrospective interview on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) late Monday.
Thinking back on his three failed presidential bids, he said “I found myself struggling to gain support because Nigerians seem to be impressed more by material success rather than be honored by the less privileged, we’re a fantastic initiative.”