Buhari appeals to Nigerians again: Be patient *I didn’t cause this hardship

By Editor on 26/12/2016

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Again, President Muhammadu Buhari went down memory lane on Christmas day to back up his oft-mouthed position that he did not cause the current hardship plaguing the country, but was only out to repair the damages.

The President, at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja, on Sunday, told visiting delegation of residents of Abuja, led by Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, for the umpteenth time that the parlous situation of the country, was caused by the lack of planning of the past governments.

Quite upbeat about dealing with the problem of Boko Haram, with their successful removal from their Sambisa Forest operational base, as announced by his government on Friday, Buhari, reasoned that rather than vilifying him, Nigerians should be patient, while he continued to tinker with the problems to see how he could spring them out the hole, saying nothing else bothered him and his government more than finding solution to the problem.

He particularly appealed to the Niger Delta militants, who have been destroying oil installations in the region to calm down and come to negotiate, reminding them that it was money from other sectors that was used in developing the oil.

Hear him: “We are always thinking about our country and we are thinking about our people. I assure you that the country and the people of the country are always uppermost in our minds. With our performance in the North-East, Nigerians know that this government is serious.

Buhari receiving a giant Christmas card from his visitors

“For our friends in the Niger Delta area, we will persuade them that they should please sit down with us and agree to manage our resources rather than think of fighting it out.”

“It is about 18 months since we resumed here. I believe some of you followed us during our campaigns and what we identified are still fundamental problems. The first is security, and we kept on saying whether it is an organisation or a country, we have to first secure it before we can manage it properly. Without security, nothing can work.

“Secondly, the economy and the unemployment of able-bodied persons. From 1999 to 2014, the crude production was over 2.2m barrels per day. The average cost per barrel was $100.

“When we came, it was $37. I think it is now between $40 and $50. I asked for savings, there was no saving. I asked them what they used the money to buy, they said they bought food and oil. I do not know how long it took me to recover from the shock.

“Some of you will recall either by history or discussion that it was cocoa, palm kernel, cotton, agro allied industry that we used to build infrastructure, be it rail or school.

“We also used the proceeds to develop oil. When we got the oil, we threw everything away. We thank God this year, the harvest was quite good; otherwise, I do not know what we would have done.

“There was no money saved, no infrastructure built, and power is still our main problem. Old roads are dilapidated and they need to be repaired from Lagos to Kano, Port Harcourt up to Maiduguri. There are rail lines we want to develop from Lagos to Calabar, from Lagos to Kaduna and the Abuja one.

“If we can get the infrastructure done, we cannot even know the number of Nigerians that will get jobs. So, we have to get infrastructure. It will take tankers and other articulated vehicles off the road; we will save vehicles and we will save lives and we will get jobs for a lot of Nigerians.”

Bello, who was full of praises for the President for his efforts in dealing with Nigerian problems, particularly referred to the escapades of the Nigerian military in clearing the Sambisa Forest, which he attributed to his leadership qualities, saying: “We are very proud of this milestone and we prayed that Boko Haram never rears its head in any part of the country again.”




Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on December, 26 2016

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