President Muhammadu Buhari has said he has not done “too badly” in the past three years of his administration, considering how poorly the state of affairs was when he inherited the government.
The President spoke in London on Sunday, when he received the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, led by Charles Efe Sylvester.
Buhari who spoke through his media aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement,referred to those who played active roles in plundering the economy in past administrations as “wicked people”.
He also spoke on efforts to recover funds that were fleeced away in the past, saying he doubt the possibility of recovering the entire money stashed abroad.
“The damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, and that government was doing its best to recover some of the loot, but noted that it was impossible to identify and recover all, ” he stated.
He said they plundered the country and kept Nigerians poor but looking at the condition in which the current administration met the country, without savings and the economy badly vandalized, “we have not done too badly.”
Buhari who is away in London on some official engagements, gave assurance that the trust and goodwill bestowed on his administration will remain intact.
He said,”We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won’t be abused,” President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians.
“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”.
He noted that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, but regretted that “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people.”
“If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses.
“You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. 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 lauded the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization for deciding to identify with the country, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.”
Meanwhile, Coordinator of the organization, Sylvester, said the group was happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting:
“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 (TSA).
“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 non-Generals. 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.