Buhari Rescued Nigeria From Treasury Thieves- Mohammed 

Yemisi Izuora

Information Minister, Lai Mohammed has said that if not for conscious efforts and patriotism displayed by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria would been a failed state.

Mohammed recalled that Buhari’s assumption of office in 2015 prevented

Nigeria from becoming a failed state, after a long stretch of

rapacious and rudderless leadership.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister said President

Buhari came into office at a time that a swathe of the country’s

territory was under occupation, a period when many Nigerian towns and

cities, including the capital city of Abuja, were a playground for

insurgents and a moment that the nation’s wealth had been looted dry, with

little or nothing to show for the nation’s huge earnings, especially

in the area of infrastructure.

He said it is therefore a cruel irony that those who frittered away a

great opportunity to put Nigeria on a sound socio-economic footing, at

a time of financial buoyancy, and those who planted the seed of the

insecurity in some parts of the country today, are the same ones

pointing an accusing finger at a reformist government.

”Nigeria today faces a lot of challenges. But whatever situation the

country has found itself in, things would have been much worse but for

the deft management of resources, unprecedented fight against

corruption, determined battle against insurgency and banditry as well

as the abiding courage of Mr. President in piloting the ship of state,

”Nigeria today is not a failed state, but a nation that is

courageously tackling its challenges and building a solid

infrastructure that will serve as the basis for socio-economic

development, a nation that is unrelenting in battling insecurity and

working hard to ensure greatest prosperity for the greatest number of

people,” Mohammed said.

He said no government in the history of the country has done so much

with so little, as the Buhari Administration is doing presently,

adding that with 60% less national income, the Administration is

making progress on all fronts and setting the country on the path of

sustainable growth and development.

The Minister said while naysayers are hyping the instances of

insecurity in the country, they have conveniently forgotten that the

country could have been overrun by insurgents and bandits if President

Buhari had not rallied regional and international allies to tackle,

headlong, the Boko Haram insurgency that saw bombs going off like

firecrackers before his assumption of office, and an estimated 20,000 square

miles of the nation’s territory occupied by insurgents

”They tout the downturn in economic fortunes without putting things

in context. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a global shutdown and a

drastic fall in global oil demand, Nigeria lost 60% of its earnings,

yet the Administration has ensured that not a single worker has been

retrenched, has paid salaries as and when due and has continued to

build infrastructures like roads, rails, bridges and power, among

others, that will serve many generations.

”They aggravate the national fault lines with their angry and

unguarded actions and rhetoric, forgetting that while national

fissures are amplified at a time of dwindling economic fortunes, what

is needed to foster peace and unity is not reckless elocution but

responsible and responsive leadership, the kind being offered by

President Buhari,” he said.

Mohammed said Nigeria is on the road to greatness, despite the

challenges confronting the nation, citing the hard push towards food

sufficiency; the modernization of the rail system; the nationwide

construction of roads and bridges; the reform in the oil and gas

sector; the unprecedented anti-corruption battle, the diversification

of the economy and the renewed effort to ensure a steady power supply,

anchored on a three-phase project that is expected to deliver 25,000MW

of electricity in the next few years.

The Minister thanked Nigerians for their perseverance and

understanding, especially against the backdrop of the stifling effects

of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, and appealed to them to

continue to support the Administration, as it seeks to lift 100

million people out of poverty in the next 10 years.

”In one of the most difficult moments in the nation’s history,

Nigeria is fortunate to have at the helm a leader who is not only

dedicated, selfless and patriotic, but one who is globally

acknowledged for his discipline, integrity and vision. Those who

genuinely love Nigeria will support, rather than subvert, this

committed leadership,” he said.

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