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My govt hasn’t done badly –Buhari

….meets support group, Tinubu in London

 

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that his administration, in the last three years, has performed appreciably well in delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. The President said that considering the level of mess left for him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government for 16 years, it was difficult to achieve beyond what his administration has done without hitches. The President stated this in London, United Kingdom (UK) while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr. Charles Efe Sylvester. Buhari, who is being criticized for non-performance by the opposition PDP, declared his ambition last week to seek re-election in 2019. Speaking to the group in London, Buhari said the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive. According to him: “Wicked people plundered the country, “and kept Nigerians poor.”

The President added that looking at the condition in which the current administration met the country, without savings and the economy badly vandalized, “we have not done too badly.” In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President stressed that his government was doing its best to recover some of the loot, but noted that it was impossible to identify and recover all. He said: “If they had used 50 per cent of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 per barrel, and stabilized at $100 with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses. 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 decould have happened to our country”, the President said. Buhari commended the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization for deciding to identify with the country, “when you could have stayed here, being comfortable.

“We will do our best to justify your trust in us and that confidence won’t be abused,” President Muhammadu Buhari assured them. “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. He noted that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, but regretted that “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people,’. Coordinator of the organization, Sylvester, said the group was happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting: “You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

“We are proud of the speed with which you recovered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. 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.

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.” Also yesterday, Buhari met behind closed doors with chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in London. The President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, made this known on his tweeter handle, @BashirAhmad, in Abuja. The presidential aide posted: “President Muhammadu Buhari receives National leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Jagaban) today in London.’’

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