No imminent war, crisis in Nigeria - Lai Mohammed tells Nigerians in diaspora

No imminent war, crisis in Nigeria - Lai Mohammed tells Nigerians in diaspora

- The minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, assured Nigerians in diaspora that with President Buhari, Nigeria is under competent hands

- He listed various achievements of President Buhari-led administration including power generation, school feeding programme, Boko Haram victory, etc.

- He urged the Nigerians not to believe the negative comments about the administration on social media, claiming that opponents are the ones making the administration look bad

The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari, is very safe and being run by competent hands.

Mohammed gave this assurance at a mini town hall meeting with the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and a cross-section of Nigerians living in the European country on Saturday, February 17, Premium Times reports. gathered that Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin, led the staff of the embassy to the town hall meeting, which was held at the embassy premises.

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The minister said contrary to the fake news being peddled on the social media, Nigeria is making steady progress, especially in revamping the economy, tackling insecurity and fighting corruption, the three cardinal programmes of the Buhari administration.

He said: “Don’t believe everything you read on the social media. Nigeria is neither at war nor in crisis.

“Contrary to what you may be reading on the Internet, the Buhari administration is putting Nigeria on a solid footing, after the years that were eaten by the locust.”

He said opponents are spending millions of Naira to distort the true situation of things in Nigeria and to make the administration look bad.

Mohammed said the administration’s achievements should be evaluated against the background of the tough challenges that it has faced since coming into office on 29 May 2015.

“It is said that if you don’t know where you are coming from, you won’t know where you are going,” he said, listing the drastic fall in the price of crude oil, the low foreign reserves at $24 billion, the fact that the federal government was borrowing to pay workers’ salaries, and the fact that many states were unable to pay salaries as some of those challenges.

The information minister also said that when Buhari administration assumed office, unpaid pensions had run into billions of Naira in many states, contractors had abandoned sites across the country because they were being heavily owed, infrastructure was in poor state, power generation was 2,690 megawatts, billions were being paid as ‘fuel subsidies’ to fat cats, corruption was the order of the day, while 20 of the 27 local governments in Borno were under the firm control of Boko Haram.

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He said most of the problems inherited from the previous administrations have been tackled.

“Today, the trend is being reversed, and the results are showing: Foreign reserves is now $42.8b, the highest level in four years, inflation has fallen for 12 consecutive months to 15.13%, 108 billion Naira has been saved from removal of maintenance fees payable to banks before Treasury Single Account (TSA), the nation is being saved 24.7 billion Naira monthly with the full implementation of the TSA and the elimination of ghost workers has saved the nation 120 billion Naira.

“With improved macro-economic conditions, capital inflow is on the upswing, reaching $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2017, which is almost double the $908 million in the first quarter, Nigeria’s stock market is one of the best-performing in the world, delivering returns in excess of 40 percent, Nigeriajumped 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, and earned a place on the List of Top 10 Reformers in the world,” he said.

He further told the meeting that President Buhari’s agricultural revolution is moving Nigeria close to self-sufficiency in many staples, especially rice.

He said that the home-grown school feeding programme has created jobs for 61,352 cooks, and it is providing 6.4 million school children in 33,981 schools across 20 states with one meal a day.

According to Mohammed, power generation has increased to 7,000 megawatts, Boko Haram has been massively degraded and the administration’s is embarking on a massive infrastructural renewal. previously reported that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said that corruption would return to the country “automatically” if Nigerians vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Amaechi said if the All Progressives Congress (APC) loses the 2019 election, Nigeria would be taken 10 steps backward.

He said the APC government needs another four years to surmount the challenges it met in office.

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