- Oyegun says that the previous regime which handed over to Buhari was riddled with corruption and wasted Nigeria’s resources
- He says President Muhammadu Buhari was working very hard to diversify the economy and reduce the reliance on oil
- He lauded the achievements of various states in helping to improve the economy
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Oyegun has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari was given a very difficult task.
He however noted that the president is not doing badly in handling the nation’s challenges.
He also chided the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan for wrecking the nation's economy.
Oyegun made his comments in Abuja on Tuesday, June 20 as he received a Niger state APC delegation led by the state chairman Mohammed Jibril Adamu and the chairman of Suleja local government council Abdullahi Shuaibu Maje, The Cable reports.
His comments were disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday, June 21 by the APC assistant publicity director Edegbe Odemwingie.
The APC chairman told the delegation that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) was doing a lot to ensure the party remains united.
In his words: “The leadership of the party, in this case the national working committee (NWC) has tried to the best of its ability to do the difficult process of welding together the party that was created out of three, four other parties.
“It has not been easy as you very well know. But we thank God that by and large; it has been a significant success.
“It is a very difficult task that we have all thrust on the president.
“We had to deal with a predecessor regime whose hallmark was corruption. A regime that had lost all vision; that had lost all interest in developing our nation given the kind of resources that were available.
“A regime that instead of developing, wasted our national resources such that as at the time we were taking over, there really was nothing.
“The economy had already collapsed. Salaries were not being paid. Public infrastructure had collapsed. Price of oil had also collapsed.
“So, the president had a very difficult situation to handle. It is not surprising then the kind of pain that a lot of our brothers and sisters are going through today.
“One will depend on people like you to help us pass the message to our people that this is just a passing phase; this is an evil that was created by predecessor regimes.
“The president and his team are working flat out to make sure that our economy is diversified and our nation no longer depends on oil only. I pray that God restore the president to complete health so that he can continue the mission.
“There is no magic to it. It is taking time, but this country will never go back to the bad old days where all we did was divide the money from oil.
“Today, I am very proud of the accomplishment of states like Kebbi, Jigawa, Zamfara and the rest of them in agriculture.
“Today, Nigerian rice is becoming what we all eat. Tomorrow by God’s grace, we will be able to export Nigerian rice to the rest of Africa and far beyond.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that John Oyegun had declared that the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari will not affect the business of governance in Nigeria.
Oyegun stated this while leading a delegation of APC chieftains to Anambra state on a condolence visit to Okwuosa family in Oraifite.
He described Acting President Yemi Osinbajo as very cerebral and added that Nigerians are lucky to have him at the helm of affairs.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video asking Nigerians to list Buhari's achievements in two years.