President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the insinuation that his government is being run by a cabal.
He said being the person elected by Nigerians, he exercises his powers as the President.
The President described his relationship with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as “perfect”.
Buhari also said the nation’s debt is not beyond its capacity to handle.
The President spoke in an interview by email granted to The Interview which was released at the weekend.
He said the low-confidence comments of a former Minister of Defence, Gen. T.Y. Danjuma, on his administration had been proved wrong at the poll with his re-election.
On his relationship with Osinbajo, which is being speculated to be frosty, he said: “Perfect. Or has he complained to you?”.
On the cabal influence, he said: “I addressed this matter before. I was the one who went round the country on campaigns, and I was the one voted into office as President twice. No one else did, and no one else took the oath of office, and can exercise the powers of a President.”
He said he was not out to inflict hardship on Nigerians during his second term in office, saying he meant tough in terms of decisions to be taken and not in terms of hardship for the people.
“But those who love to twist everything attempted to change the meaning. But we are glad that those who know really know. No good leader should wish his people tough times at any time.”
Asked to react to feelings that the nation was over-borrowing, Buhari insisted that the debt rate is under control.
He added: “The feeling. That is what you say. Financial matters are explicit, and you don’t run them by feelings.
“Those who know, both nationally and internationally, say our borrowing vis-a-viz GDP, is under control, yet some people continue to comment without much understanding.
“But we continue to do what is needful, for the good of our country. All Federal loans contracted are directly earmarked for infrastructural projects.
“Those who are interested can check with various Ministries. Some of these loans are also self-liquidating. A win-win situation.”