Posted by Tunde Amodu, Abuja | 14 February 2019 | 570 times
President Muhammadu Buhari has said Niger Delta militants and the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents undermined its administration from meeting expectations of Nigerians.
President Buhari who is seeking a fresh mandate in next Saturday presidential election made the revelation on Wednesday at the All Progressives rally for the Federal Capital Territory held at Eagles Square, Abuja.
He noted that at the inception of his administration the price of crude oil fell to an all time low which reduced the earnings to the Federation Account. He expressed regret that militants in the Niger Delta instigated by certain forces worsened the state of the economy by disrupting crude oil productions.
He said: “When we came, the price of crude from over $100 average, went down to $37 and $38 and then the militants were unleashed on this administration but we have all now overcome those difficulties.
“I want to remind everybody where the country was before we came in in May 2015 where we are now and what we have been able to do with the resources available to us.
“You residents of Abuja know a lot about our three fundamental campaign aspirations security, economy and fighting corruption. In security, the people of the northeast and the people of Abuja can know much better. Boko Haram were holding more than 17 local governments in the northeast when we came, they are not holding any local government now.
“But what they are doing is indoctrinating young men and women, wrap them up with explosives and send them to soft targets, mosques, market places, motor parks and so on.
“And then, we had the problem of herders and stagnant farmers in Benue state, which we have looked after it. The problem of people who are just looking for trouble and they find something from you, especially in Zamfara state. Those two are being looked after by the security agencies.”
President Buhari further declared that his administration was committed to reviving the economy and stimulate growth by putting decaying social infrastructures in good shape. He also restated his administration resolve to unearth what the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo did with fund earmarked to restore stability of power supply during his tenure.
•Excerpted from a Tribune report
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