Buhari: I Don’t Know Why People Can’t Laud My Administration For Performing Extremely Well

President Muhammadu Buhari (right), with Hope Uzodimma the Imo State governor and other dignitaries at the Owerri event

By Tony Adibe

President Muhammadu Buhari has accused Nigeria’s elite of not showing enough concern about the country. Also, Buhari said his administration has performed “extremely well”, although people have failed to commend him.

Buhari, who spoke in Owerri, capital of Imo State on Tuesday after inaugurating some projects done by the administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma, said when he became President in 2015, many local government areas in Borno and Adamawa states were controlled by Boko Haram. He said, for now that is no longer the case.

President Buhari also described Boko Haram terrorists as “fraudulent people,” adding that his government has overwhelmed them. Buhari also took a swipe at former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, among others, saying despite earning so much from crude oil, his predecessors failed to develop the country’s infrastructure.

On his his achievements for the past seven years, Channels TV quoted Buhari as saying, “To be frank with you, I blame the Nigerian elite for not thinking hard about our country.

“Between 1999 and 2015 when we came in, I would like people to check the Central Bank and the NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Company), the average production was 2.1 million barrels per day. Nigeria was earning at this time 2.1 million times but look at the state of infrastructure, look at the road…look at the railway, it was virtually killed. Power, we are still struggling.

“But when we came, unfortunately, the militants were unleashed, production went down to half a million bpd.” According to him,  the cost of petroleum also went down when his administration came to power.

Buhari further said: “Look at the problem in the North-East, check with anybody from Borno or Adamawa, how many local governments were in the hands of the government and how many were in the hands of Boko Haram? Fraudulent people, whoever they are, are fraudulent! But now, go and ask the hard-working governor of Borno State, a very hard-working governor. The Federal Government is in charge now.

“In terms of time and resources, this administration has done extremely well. I have to say it because those who are supposed to say it are not saying it. I don’t know why.”

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