Knocks as Buhari says he hasn’t done too badly

• You can’t be your own judge, PDP tells Pres­i­dent

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THE Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, the Coali­tion for Nige­ria Move­ment, the Com­mit­tee for the De­fence of Hu­man Rights and the Cam­paign for Democ­racy on Sun­day knocked Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari for say­ing he had not done badly, as well as blam­ing past lead­ers for the poor state of the econ­omy.

The Pres­i­dent had on Sun­day said con­sid­er­ing the con­di­tion in which his ad­min­is­tra­tion met the coun­try al­legedly with­out sav­ings and the econ­omy van­dalised; “we have not done too badly.”

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Public­ity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the Pres­i­dent spoke while re­ceiv­ing some mem­bers of the Buhari Di­as­pora Sup­port Or­gan­i­sa­tion, led by Mr. Charles Sylvester.

Buhari noted that Nige­ria was gifted with hu­man and nat­u­ral re­sources, but re­gret­ted that past lead­ers failed to cap­i­talise on the na­tion’s re­sources to im­prove the lot of Nige­ri­ans.

“Fail­ure of some of the lead­er­ship we had in the past led to our not be­ing able to cap­i­talise on re­sources to im­prove the lot of the peo­ple,” the Pres­i­dent said.

He added that those he de­scribed as wicked peo­ple plun­dered the coun­try “and kept Nige­ri­ans poor.”

Buhari said the dam­age done to the Nige­rian econ­omy in the years of plun­der was mas­sive, adding that the gov­ern­ment was do­ing its best to re­cover some of the loot.

“If they had used 50 per cent of the money made when oil prices were as high as $143 per bar­rel and sta­bilised at $100, with pro­duc­tion at 2.1 mil­lion bar­rels per day for many years, Nige­ri­ans would have minded their busi­ness.

“The steal­ing was so much and they were so in­ept that they could not even cover the steal­ing prop­erly. I won­der how all those things could have hap­pened to our coun­try,” the Pres­i­dent said.

He com­mended mem­bers of the Buhari Di­as­pora Sup­port Or­gan­i­sa­tion for de­cid­ing to iden­tify with the coun­try when they could have stayed abroad where they were com­fort­able.

“I am happy that peo­ple like you are here, on your own, de­fend­ing the coun­try. You have shown courage and sac­ri­fice. I as­sure you that your con­fi­dence in us won’t be abused; we will do our best to jus­tify it,” Buhari said.

Sylvester was quoted as say­ing that mem­bers of the group were happy with the achieve­ments of the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion so far.

He said the same God who healed the Pres­i­dent when he was sick would grant him vic­tory in 2019.

He said, “You met a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, but you have over­come most of them. We are happy with the agri­cul­ture revo­lu­tion, the ease of do­ing busi­ness, the anti-cor­rup­tion war, the em­ploy­ment of youths through the N-power pro­gramme, and the block­age of leak­ages in the pub­lic sec­tor through the Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count.

“We are proud of the speed with which you re­cov­ered the ab­ducted Dapchi school­girls. It shows you as a wor­thy gen­eral. We are happy that you have de­clared for 2019. Ma­jor­ity of Nige­ri­ans are happy, but agents of cor­rup­tion and dark­ness are un­happy.

“The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you vic­tory in the 2019 elec­tions. You are a Gen­eral who does not fear com­bat, ei­ther with Gen­er­als or non­gener­als.

“We de­clare our love and sup­port for you. You are fix­ing the faulty foun­da­tions of our coun­try and sec­ond term is when you will build the en­dur­ing struc­ture.”

You can’t be your own judge, PDP tells Buhari

But the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party said it was wrong for the Pres­i­dent to mark his own scripts, say­ing there was no way Buhari could judge him­self fairly.

It said it would be bet­ter for the Pres­i­dent to lis­ten to the cry of the elec­torate, who had been re­gret­ting vot­ing the for­mer army Gen­eral into power in 2015.

The Na­tional Public­ity Sec­re­tary of the party, Kola Olog­bondiyan, who spoke with one of our cor­re­spon­dents in Abuja on Sun­day, won­dered why the Pres­i­dent had not been able to ini­ti­ate and com­plete a sin­gle project since he as­sumed of­fice about three years ago.

He said, “Only a fail­ure will set ques­tions for him­self and sit down to mark it. In this case, ask the Pres­i­dent if he was the one who elected him­self. He should ask those who voted for him, cam­paigned for him as well.

“If he has done well or he has not done badly as he claimed, let him point to a sin­gle project he ini­ti­ated and com­pleted in three years. Nige­ri­ans are tired of a leader like him.”

Olog­bondiyan said if the Pres­i­dent had done his best and the coun­try re­mained the way it was, it would be bet­ter for him to pack his load and leave the Pres­i­den­tial Villa.

‘Buhari never dis­played com­pe­tence in gov­er­nance’

Also, the Coali­tion for Nige­ria Move­ment, sup­ported by a for­mer Pres­i­dent, Oluse­gun Obasanjo, lam­basted Buhari for al­ways blam­ing past lead­ers.

The spokesman for the CNM, Mr. Akin Osun­tokun, said this dur­ing an in­ter­view with one of our cor­re­spon­dents on Sun­day.

Osun­tokun said Buhari should not for­get to blame him­self for Nige­ria’s woes since he is also a for­mer leader hav­ing served as a mil­i­tary head of state from 1983 to 1985.

He said, “He has never dis­played com­pe­tence in the area of gov­er­nance. It is there­fore ex­pected that he will give him­self a pass mark. How­ever, while blam­ing past lead­ers, he should not for­get to blame him­self since he also ruled Nige­ria in the past.

“The Pres­i­dent con­tin­ues to blame every­one for what he fails to do. Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional has ex­posed the de­cep­tion of his anti-cor­rup­tion war. This is the same Pres­i­dent who in­dicted his own gov­ern­ment when he re­vealed that the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice failed to re­lo­cate to Benue to curb a cri­sis as com­manded.”

The CNM spokesman urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity not to be de­ceived by Buhari’s ut­ter­ances in Lon­don be­cause he would never ac­cept blame for any­thing.

You weren’t elected to pass the buck, CDHR, CD tell Buhari

The Com­mit­tee for the De­fence of Hu­man Rights and the Cam­paign for Democ­racy, on Sun­day said it was not proper for the Pres­i­dent to blame past gov­ern­ments for the coun­try’s woes, not­ing that his “good­will among Nige­ri­ans was fast re­ced­ing.”

The CDHR Pres­i­dent, Malachy Ug­wum­madu, said, “I just hope that there will be an end to pass­ing the buck with this present ad­min­is­tra­tion. The en­ergy the gov­ern­ment is dis­si­pat­ing on cas­ti­gat­ing pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments can be de­ployed in re­or­gan­is­ing the coun­try.

“One of the rea­sons Buhari was voted in was the be­lief that he would be able to deal with Nige­ria’s ex­i­gen­cies, not to come in, pass the buck, and ab­di­cate re­spon­si­bil­ity. Buhari should not frit­ter the good­will of Nige­ri­ans he has, which is fast re­ced­ing.”

Also, the CD Pres­i­dent, Us­man Ab­dul, said, “The Pres­i­dent should be mind­ful of what he says about past lead­ers be­cause he was also a for­mer leader of the coun­try. The Pres­i­dent has not done any bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments.”

• Par­ents of the miss­ing Chi­bok school­girls pray­ing for the re­lease of their daugh­ters kid­napped by the Boko Haram in­sur­gents, dur­ing a ser­vice to mark the fourth an­niver­say of the ab­duc­tion at Chi­bok town, Borno State ...on Satur­day. Photo: AFP

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