“My attention has been drawn to a publication in the highly influential Time Magazine on my inclusion in this years edition of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ list.
As the list is compiled from votes received from the public, I am humbled by this gesture and would want to thank all Nigerians, Africans and citizens of the world who voted for my inclusion in the 2012 list.
Let me also thank Time Magazine for this worthy project intended to encourage and inspire readers to work for a better world. To me this is a vote of confidence and also a pointer to what is possible in our country and our continent. This honour, unexpected as it is, only inspires me to redouble my efforts at implementing the Transformational Agenda and rededicating myself to the task of leading Nigeria to fulfill her potential as one of the world’s leading economies in the not too distant future.
Regardless of distractions, our relentless pursuit to secure life and property; the provision of electricity for human and industrial use; access to quality education and health for our citizens; rebuilding and providing needed infrastructure; the fight against corruption and poverty; self-sufficiency in basic food among others for our people shall remain our focus. Once again I thank you.”