The Presidency has asserted that President Muhammadu Buhari would be leaving Nigeria better than it was in 2015 in terms of security and economic situation.
Pulsenews learned the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said this while appearing on a Channels Television programme on Monday.
The presidential spokesman noted that appointment of security heads remains a prerogative of the President which should not be subjected to ethnic balancing or federal character.
‘Don’t subject security to ethnic balancing, don’t subject security to federal character. In fact, the constitution that prescribes federal character even gives the President some prerogative that he can appoints on his own.
What the constitution requires of you is balancing in terms of each state being represented in terms of certain positions. Those positions are prescribed; security is not part of it. President will always have the prerogative to appoint those he feels can help him secure the country and have the kind of country you deserve to have. I would say that the President has been able to keep to his promises’ he said.
On the report that Nigeria had recorded more deaths under the Buhari administration than the previous government inspite of the fact that security was one of the cardinal areas the administration had promised to focused on, he said credit should be given to the current administration because the country witnessed the lowest number of deaths in 2022.
‘Do you also know of the report which says in the past 12 years, that 2022 was the year that recorded the least number of deaths in terms of insurgency and insecurity. We know in this country, the figure has been coming down over the years.
No life ideally should be lost not a single one. One life lost is too many, not one life should be lost but then, when reports tell you that between 2015 and 2021 so so number of lives was lost and in 2022 the lowest figure came up, it calls for something positive, you don’t ignore it.
Buhari is leaving the country far better and I said it from the beginning in 2015 we knew where Nigeria was, 17 local governments in this country were under the control of insurgents. NYSC could not do orientation, they were not sending people in those places, is it what is happening today? No.
The emirs are back in their palaces, local government chairmen are back in their offices, NYSC orientation is happening in those states, youth corpers have been posted to those states, are you now telling me that there has not been improvement? No, no. Let’s be factual, let’s give the government some credit please’ he added.
Adesina also submitted that the Buhari administration has equally done a lot to improve the economy of the country and had helped greatly to diversify the nation’s economy.
‘This government met a mono product economy, an economy that depended solely on oil so that any time oil prices crashes in the international market, Nigeria crashes with it, but today it’s no longer so. Oil contributes less than 10 percent of our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) today. Oil that used to contribute about 90 percent.
For the first time in our history Nigeria has a diversified economy. Diversification has long been a promise but today it’s no longer a promise, it’s a reality. I think people must credit the Buhari administration for that because we now have agric, we now have ICT, we now have manufacturing to an extent.
We have so many things contributing to Nigeria GDP apart from oil. The economy has been diversified first time in over 60 years, that is something nobody will deny the Buhari administration ’ he asserted.
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