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Nigeria is on right track to change for good – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the present administration is on the right track to improve the image of the country by entrenching accountability and probity in governance.

The president said this in Dakar, Senegal, while speaking at a meeting with a group of Nigerians in the Diaspora, on the sidelines of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu on Tuesday, Buhari, however, called on the Nigerian elite to stop insisting that things should be done the ‘old way’, which impoverished the nation.

President Buhari told the 11-man Nigerian delegation based in Senegal and Cote D’ Ivoire, that the last 16 years of poor handling of the nation’s resources and infrastructure had continued to impact negatively on the country.

“This administration is pleased we won the election, we are pleased Nigerians are cooperating with us.

“But the problems are so enormous that we need the cooperation of Nigerians, particularly the elite.

“They (elite) should reflect on the condition of the country, and stop making expensive demands because things cannot be done the old way,’’ he said.

On the welfare of Nigerians in the Diaspora, President Buhari assured them that the Federal Government would continue to promote good neighbourliness and improve the negative perception about Nigerians abroad.

“Nigerians are known for their competitiveness and I am very passionate about Nigeria.

“I will continue to preach good neighbourliness and work hard to improve the numerous human and material resources in the country,’’ he added.

In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian community, Cote D’ Ivoire, Alhaji Adebayo Yahaya, commended the president for his bold and unflinching fight against corruption.

“Nigerians are praying for your success, don’t relent, do not lose hope, the Almighty God is behind you.’’

The President of the Nigerian community in Senegal, Mr Osas Edigin, told the President that Nigerians in the country had been enjoying excellent relationship with their hosts.


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8 Comments
  • infinity2020

    PMB!!!!! PMB!!!!!! you must stop focusing the activities of your government on the elite. The elite looted the country to a comma The grass root poor people voted en mass for you. I am so disappointed in your assertion that the elite should stop demanding for too expensive things. It clearly shows you dont really give a damn about the 98% of the poor people who saw some hope in you. You must as a matter of urgency divorce yourself from the cabals that has held you captive or else you will fail. The power of the people will uproot the power of the elite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KennBest

    “Nigeria is on right track to change for good – Buhari”. Another Solomon Grundy story. Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Grew worse on Friday, Died on Saturday, Buried on Sunday. That was the end, Of Solomon Grundy.

    This administration remains a joke like other clueless past administrations. When real change comes, Nigerians will know. Until then, Nigeria remains a joke in the hands of visionary-less jokers.

    • ’70

      Go back to the nursery school, it is obvious you need further education

      • KennBest

        You haven’t said anything.

        • ’70

          That was why I said you should go back to square 1 and get a proper education

  • Faith That Conquers

    RE-POSTED AFTER 1 YEAR 1 MONTH NOW:

    Nigerians please and please obey and find solution to your problems.

    There will remain confusion, disunity and immense hardship all through Buhari’s regime. Not my wish but what Nigerians will witness because Buhari has no good mission or vision for the country.

    The only things that can change these things from continuing are:

    1) Buhari must admit openly he has been manipulating the system instead of proffering solutions. This, he will never do.

    2) After that, he must sincerely look for qualified Nigerians to assist his steering this ship of Nigeria instead of APC members who knew next to nothing about their ministries.

    3) He must allow the judiciary and the national assembly stand each separately as independent arm of the government.

    4) He must fight corruption not pretending he is not corrupt, but because they have all installed and benefited from corruption and God is not happy with any of them. The implication is there should be no sacred cows being protected directly or indirectly by him.

    5) If Nigerians want God to intervene not minding Buhari, they must love and accept themselves as one people above ethnic or religious affiliations.

    6) They must agree Buhari is no messiah to save Nigeria from its predicaments.

    Finally, the choice is either in the hands of Nigerians to do the two things advice or continue to suffer all through Buhari’s regime or for Buhari to comply with the outline

  • Mystic mallam

    Self deceit is the worst form of human delusion and when it is about a whole nation, that’s a huge tragedy. If Buhari believes that his failing administration is on the right track to improve the image of the country, then, Nigeria is in for a long trip through a darkened night. While he is busy improving Nigeria’s image, 400 foreign investors have taken their investments and 80 billion United States dollars out of Nigeria to other African countries in the past one year. If that is not self delusion, the word needs new definition.

  • TUNDE ADE

    I DON’T THINK SO SIR!!

    STATE OF THE NATION
    I have been following closely the
    activities of this government and whenever I have the opportunity, I try
    to find out the opinions of people as regards the performance of this
    government.
    I just realized that the hardship faced by many
    Nigerians is simply as a result of the fact that almost everyone of us
    benefited from the cycle of corruption.
    The bricklayer, plumber,
    laborers, tiler are all complaining because building construction has
    slowed down massively cause the thieves no longer have money to spend on
    real estate.
    The car dealers are grumbling because their cars are begging for buyers. Thieves can no longer spend wastefully.
    The private school owners are shouting because parents can no longer pay outrageous sums and are withdrawing their wards.
    I
    was shocked when I learn that in a popular private University in Abuja,
    parents are writing undertaking at the account section for their
    children to be allowed to write exams… and it goes on and on.
    The fact is, a lot of people are returning to what someone referred to as ”default mode”.
    We mostly have been living above our REAL MEANS.
    We have been staying in houses that ordinarily our incomes can’t afford.
    Our children going to schools we can’t afford. Driving cars we ordinarily can’t maintain.
    We have been living a FAKE LIFE all along. Now the reality is before us and we don’t want to accept it.
    This shows how morally bankrupt we are.
    You can’t eat your Cake and have it. Take Note…”GOD HELP AND BLESS NIGERIA”
    You
    got billions from bank without collateral using your political
    influence. You put half into your business and spent the other half on
    exotic cars, jeweleries, etc.
    Your business employs 100 people
    normally. You get illegal waivers and concessions to import raw
    materials at rock bottom prices, you get over-inflated contract to
    supply government some goods your company produce….in short your
    company is kept afloat by corruption.
    Now the new SHERIFF in town says:
    no more ridiculous waivers,
    no
    more inflated contracts, no more bank loans without collateral, in fact
    its time you or your company pay off the billions of debt owed…..
    AMCON
    takes over your company, staff are laid off……And you go on air and
    say the new sheriff is killing business and causing unemployment..
    The truth is….you and your company were never in business, you were only feeding off the system.
    Too
    many companies and banks are funded by corruption. Remove corruption
    from the system and they collapse…….and we end up blaming the person
    that removes corruption for the collapse of the corruptly run fake
    company.
    Its like our system and corruption are so interwoven and inseparable that removing one will kill the other.
    Maybe we should tolerate and learn to live with corruption so that Nigeria can survive?
    Recession:
    What recession? If you think Nigeria is broke, then you are living in
    another planet. Now, please read the information below and tell me why
    Nigerians crying of hardship are comfortable with the bold looting of
    their collective wealth by the politicians.
    A SELF DECEIVING COUNTRY CALLED NIGERIA
    Twenty-one senators currently receiving pensions from government as ex-governors and deputy governors.
    The
    current senators who once served as governors are Bukola Saraki of
    Kwara, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Kabiru Gaya of Kano, Godswill
    Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Theodore Orji of Abia, Abdullahi Adamu of
    Nasarawa, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, Shaaba Lafiagi of Kwara, Joshua Dariye of
    Plateau Jonah Jang of Plateau, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto,
    Ahmed Sani Yarima of Zamfara, Danjuma Goje of Gombe, Bukar Abba Ibrahim
    of Yobe, Adamu Aliero of Kebbi, George Akume of Benue and Isiaka Adeleke
    of Osun.
    The former deputy governors in the Senate are Ms Biodun
    Olujimi of Ekiti and Enyinaya Harcourt Abaribe of Abia. Danladi
    Abubakar Sani served as the acting governor of Taraba state.
    Many former governors are also in Buhari’s Cabinet as Ministers. This includes: Ngige, Fayemi, Amaechi and Fashola (SAN).).
    In
    Akwa Ibom State, the law provides that ex governors and deputy
    governors receive pension equivalent to the salaries of the incumbent.
    The package also includes a new official car and a utility vehicle every
    four years; one personal aide; a cook, chauffeurs and security guards
    for the governor at a sum not exceeding N5 million per month and N2.5
    million for his deputy governor.
    In Rivers, the law provides 100
    percent of annual basic salaries for the ex-governor and deputy, one
    residential house for the former governor “anywhere of his choice in
    Nigeria”; one residential house anywhere in Rivers for the deputy, three
    cars for the ex-governor every four years and two cars for the deputy
    every four years.
    It is alleged that in Lagos, a former governor
    will get two houses, one in Lagos and another in Abuja, estimated at
    N500 million in Lagos and N700 million in Abuja. He also receives six
    new cars to be replaced every three years; a furniture allowance of 300
    percent of annual salary to be paid every two years, and a N30 million
    pension annually for life.
    This is the reality for all the 21 ex
    govenors and deputy governors who are currently serving as senators.
    This same is also true of ex governors who are now serving as Ministers.