BUHARI PREVENTED NIGERIA FROM BECOMING A FAILED STATE SAYS LAI MOHAMMED
In an apparent response to criticism by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts prevented Nigeria from becoming a failed state.
PREMIUM TIMES reported Mr Obasanjo’s Friday statement that Nigeria was “fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state.The presidency during a separate statement Sunday replied Mr Obasanjo, describing him as Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’.
In his statement sent by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, Mr Mohammed didn’t mention Mr Obasanjo’s name but said, “Those who genuinely love Nigeria will support, instead of subvert,” Mr Buhari’s “committed leadership.”
Read Mr Mohammed’s full statement below.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office in 2015 prevented Nigeria from becoming a failed state, after an extended stretch of rapacious and rudderless leadership, the Minister of data and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said.
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 flash that the nation’s wealth had been looted dry, with little or nothing to point out for the nation’s huge earnings, especially within the area of infrastructure.
He said it’s , therefore, a cruel irony that those that frittered away an excellent opportunity to place Nigeria on a sound socio-economic footing, at a time of monetary buoyancy, and people who planted the seed of the insecurity in some parts of the country today, are an equivalent ones pointing an accusing finger at a reformist government.
”Nigeria today faces tons of challenges. But whatever situation the country has found itself in, things would are much worse except for the deft management of resources, unprecedented fight against corruption, determined battle against insurgency and banditry also because the abiding courage of Mr President in piloting the ship of state,
”Nigeria today isn’t a failed state, but a nation that’s courageously tackling its challenges and building a solid
infrastructure which will function the idea for socio-economic development, a nation that’s unrelenting in battling insecurity and dealing hard to make sure greatest prosperity for the best number of individuals ,” Mr Mohammed said.
He said no government within the history of the country has done such a lot with so little, because the Buhari Administration is doing presently adding that with 60% less value , the administration is making progress on all fronts and setting the country on the trail of sustainable growth and development.
The minister said while naysayers are hyping the instances of insecurity within the country, they need conveniently forgotten that the country could are 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 worldwide shutdown and a drastic fall in global oil demand, Nigeria lost 60% of its earnings, yet the administration has ensured that not one worker has been retrenched, has paid salaries as and when due and has continued to create infrastructures like roads, rails, bridges and power, among others, which 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’s needed to foster peace and unity isn’t reckless elocution but responsible and responsive leadership, the type being offered by President Buhari,” he said.
Mr Mohammed said Nigeria is on the road to greatness, despite the challenges confronting the state , citing the hard push towards food sufficiency; the modernization of the rail system; the nationwide construction of roads and bridges; the reform within the oil and gas sector; the unprecedented anti-corruption battle, the diversification of the economy and therefore the renewed effort to make sure a gentle power supply, anchored on a three-phase project that’s expected to deliver 25,000MW of electricity within the next few years.
The minister thanked Nigerians for his or her perseverance and understanding, especially against the backdrop of the stifling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, and appealed to them to still support the administration, because it seeks to lift 100 million people out of poverty within the next 10 years.
”In one among the foremost difficult moments within the nation’s history, Nigeria is fortunate to possess at the helm a pacesetter who isn’t only dedicated, selfless and patriotic, but one who is globally acknowledged for his discipline, integrity and vision. those that genuinely love Nigeria will support, instead of subvert, this committed leadership,” he said.