- Nigerians have been charged by President Buhari to keep praying for the nation
- He applauded late Sani Abachi for constructing roads during his tenure
- According to him, God has given Nigeria everything
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to remain vigilant and consider it their responsibility to salvage the country ahead of the 2019 elections.
This was contained in a statement issued by Femi Adesina on Tuesday, May 22.
The president said this while receiving members of the Buhari Support Organisations led by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs, Col. Hameed Ali.
He said: “I have said severally that we do not have any other country than Nigeria and we will remain here and salvage it together.
‘‘We have nothing to regret. Absolutely nothing. God has given Nigeria everything. We are rich in human and material resources. Let us keep on praying to God to put people of conscience in-charge at all levels."
The president said saboteurs; who mismanaged Nigeria’s economy in the past, through fraudulent electricity projects and misuse of revenue earnings from oil; had no love for the country.
He stated: "I challenge anybody to check from Europe, America and Asia; between 1999-2014, Nigeria was producing 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day at an average cost of 100 USD per barrel and it went up to 143 USD. When we came it collapsed to 37 – 38 USD and later was oscillating between 40 and 50 USD.
‘‘I went to the CBN Governor, with my cap in my hand, and asked if we had savings. He told me we had only debts, no savings. Some of the roads were not repaired since the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) days.
‘‘I don’t care the opinion you have about Abacha but I agreed to work with him and we constructed roads from Abuja to Port Harcourt, Benin to Onitsha and so on. We also touched education and health institutions.
‘‘One of the former heads of state was bragging that he spent more than 15 billion USD on power in Nigeria. Where is the power?"
Meanwhile, the comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, said on Tuesday, May 22, that only lazy Nigerians would be hungry.
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He made the remark when he led the Buhari Support Organisation to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Nation reports.
He said: “Mr. President, on the economy, today our economy has grown all because of the discipline you have instilled in the financial sector. All those non-challenging attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible. I tell you Mr. President and I use myself as an example, way back I use to get some funds and I used to use it and buy rice and give to some people.
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