President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that his APC led government has not performed badly just as it is widely portrayed in the media. According to him, the country is way better off than how his government met it.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement Sunday said the President made the declaration while receiving some members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, led by Mr. Charles Sylvester.
“Failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalise on resources to improve the lot of the people,” the President said.
Buhari blamed “wicked people” for plundering the country and leaving Nigerians in penury, adding that
“If they had used 50 per cent of the money we made when oil prices went as high as $143 per barrel, and stabilised at $100 with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their business.
“You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly.
“I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.”
The president commended members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation for deciding to identify with the country when they could have stayed abroad where they are comfortable.
“I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused; we will do our best to justify it,” Buhari said.
Sylvester reportedly said members of the group were happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, and added that the group wished him victory in 2019.
“The same God who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals,” he said.
“We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.”