Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in the implementation of the government’s change agenda.
Mohammed made the remark on Saturday, March 5, 2016, while speaking at the annual general meeting of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) in Kuru, Plateau State.
According to a statement released by his aide, Segun Adeyemi, the minister said:
“We have faced and tackled, with sincerity and courage, both anticipated and unanticipated challenges. Our major security nightmare, Boko Haram, is fast giving way to a sweet dream, while we have not shied away from taking on other security challenges.”
“We are winning the war against corruption, even as corruption fights back fast and furious. We are committed to diversifying our economy away from oil, while plugging all financial leakages. Our president is working night and day to make our country a respected member of the comity of nations, once again.”
“Today, the President’s efforts have paid off. Boko Haram has been massively degraded and it is gradually moving away from the front pages. The insurgents have lost their capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for which they became infamous. This did not happen by accident.”
“It was the result of purposeful, credible and courageous leadership being provided by President Muhammadu Buhari, who started off by ordering the relocation of the command and control centre of the battle against insurgency from Abuja to Maiduguri, rallied regional and global support for Nigeria’s efforts and boosted the morale and fighting capability of armed troops.”
“It was corruption that prolonged the war against Boko Haram and dispatched many soldiers and civilians to their early graves; it was corruption that ensured that while oil was selling for over 100 dollars per barrel, we had nothing to show for the windfall; it is because of corruption that even though our budget has increased from less than a trillion in 1999 to over 6 trillion in 2016, poverty has grown almost at the same rate that the budget has increased; it was corruption that gave us darkness, instead of light, while we supposedly pumped millions of dollars into the power sector.”
Mohammed had earlier said that Nigerians misunderstood the promise of change made by the Buhari government during its campaigns.
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