“We Have Not Performed Badly” – Buhari Tells Supporters In London
President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed those he described as depraved people for plundering the nation, saying they’ve “kept Nigerians poor.”
The President mentioned this in London Sunday while receiving a delegation of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation led by Mr Charles Sylvester.
He, nevertheless, noted that looking at the condition through which his administration met the country, with out financial savings and the financial system badly vandalised, “we’ve not completed too badly.”
President Buhari mentioned the harm completed to the Nigerian financial system within the years of plunder was large, and that authorities was doing its best to recuperate a few of the loot, though it was unimaginable to determine and recuperate all.
“If they’d used 50% of the cash 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 businesses.
“You might virtually develop food on our roads, as they have been deserted. The stealing was so much, and they have been so inept that they might not even cover the stealing properly. I’m wondering how all these issues may have occurred to our nation,” he decried in an announcement by his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
The President, who noted that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural sources, regretted that the failure of some of the management the nation had in the past led to the inability of his administration to capitalise on resources to improve the lot of the people.
He, however, commended Nigerians who’re within the diaspora defending the nation, stressing that they’ve proven braveness and sacrifice.
President Buhari further assured them that their confidence in the Federal Authorities wouldn’t be abused, as his administration would do its finest to justify it.
He also thanked the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation for deciding to identify with the nation, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.”
Responding, the coordinator of the organisation, Mr Sylvester mentioned the group was proud of the achievements of President Buhari’s administration to date.
He noted that that President has overcome most of the challenges he met, particularly within the areas of agriculture revolution, ease of doing business, anti-corruption conflict, employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA), amongst others.
Sylvester also commended the efforts of the federal government within the conflict towards insurgency within the North East, in addition to his declaration to hunt re-election in 2019.
In his phrase, the coordinator mentioned, “We’re happy with the velocity with which you recovered the kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls. It reveals you as a worthy basic. We’re blissful that you’ve got declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are blissful, however brokers of corruption and darkness are sad.
“The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. You’re a general who does not fear combat, either with generals or non-generals.”
“We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the defective foundations of our country and the second time period is when you’ll build the enduring construction,” he added.