President
Muhammadu Buhari, who recently hosted many Nigerian youths at the state
house Abuja,has opened up on wyy his aide was banned to fire hot shots
to former presidents
 
President Buhari
 
President Muhammadu Buhari says he stopped his Special Adviser on
Media and Publicity Femi Adesina from replying former President Olusegun
Obasanjo’s letter against his administration because “of Adesina’s
age”.
 
The president explained the reasons when members of Buhari Support
Organisation visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday
night.
 
Buhari explained further that the second reason why he deemed right
not to reply the letter was that he and the former president were from
the same (military) constituency.
 
He, however, noted that Minister of Information and Culture Lai
Mohammed, who “disobeyed’’ him not to reply the letter, did a good job.
 
He observed that the reply by the minister showed Nigerians the
realities on ground when the present administration assumed office in
2015 and its ongoing efforts to revive the inherited damaged economy.
 
“I really appreciate how you choose this time during Ramadan to
come from across the country to see and congratulate me for what we
were able to do.

“We were constrained to explain our position when the former
head of state wrote a letter; Adesina was agitated and wanted to
immediately reply; I stopped him for two reasons; first, he was much
younger than me and Gen. Obasanjo.

“Secondly, I am from the same constituency with Gen. Obasanjo;
so, I wouldn’t know how it will affect him if I allow him to go wild or
to go public, but when Lai Mohammed came, I said he shouldn’t and he
insisted. He disobeyed me.

“He said I must allow him to talk; then, of course, being a
professional information person, I listened to him and asked him what
are you going to say?

“He said he was going to remind Nigerians where we found
ourselves when we came in as a government, where we are now, what we
have done in between with the resources available to us.

“And I understand he did a good job because a number of people
rang me and said Lai Mohammed has done a good job because I went public
several times.

“I said it is on record and I challenged anybody to check from
Europe, United States and Asia that between 1999 and 2014 the 16 years
of previous administration there was an average of 2.1 million per day
of crude oil at the average cost of 100 dollars per barrel,’’
he said.
 
Mr Buhari said he deliberately refused to replace the Governor of
Central Bank of Nigeria when his administration took over the mantle of
leadership of the country because he wanted to give him the opportunity
to salvage the economy from its terrible condition.
 
Mr Buhari, who thanked his teachers during his primary school days
for their efforts to inculcate good morale to him and his mates, stated
that his administration would continue to invest heavily in education to
correct social ills in the society.
 
He said further that his administration had resolved to put money
in infrastructural development to address infrastructural deficits and
subsequently ensure speedy socio-economic transformation of the country.

“It is now that we are struggling to put the structure on the
ground — the roads — to revive the rail and do the standard gauge and
try to spend objectively on power.

“If we put money in infrastructure, it will create employment
opportunities and then Nigerians will mind their own businesses, they
wouldn’t even mind what the government is doing once the infrastructure
is there,’’
he said.
 
The president reassured Nigerians that his administration would
continue to spend more funds to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.
 
He said the government had also expended more than N1.3 trillion on capital projects across the country.
 
According to him, the government will continue to ensure financial
discipline, accountability and effective supervision of its spending to
have solid infrastructure to enable the youth to achieve their missions
and objectives in life.
 
He thanked the members of the organisation for their support and
sacrifices, noting that none of them had ever made any specific demand
from him.
 
In his remarks, the leader of the organisation, Abba Ali, who
narrated the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last three
years, said they were on solidarity visit to the president to further
reassure him of their support.
 
He said the organisation had established offices in all the 36
states and 774 local government areas of the country, while efforts were
being made to ensure the re-election of the president in 2019.
 
Paulina Tallen, a member of the Board of Trustees of the
organisation, who spoke at the event, assured the president that women
would massively vote for him and other candidates of the All
Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections.
 
She, nonetheless, called on the president to bring more qualified
women politicians and professionals in government to address the
perceived marginalisation of women by APC-led administration in the
country.
 
(NAN)

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