Since the government of President Muhammadu Buhari stepped into power, Nigerians have been forced to accept many difficult situation and as a result, citizens have conditioned their minds to welcome the trouble of each day without a fight.
Many people who voted for Buhari during the 2015 presidential election have since regretted their action, openly wishing it could be reversed. However, despite the current harsh economic circumstances, President Buhari’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, has assured Nigerians that the nation’s leader has good intentions towards the citizens.
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Femi Adesina spoke on Monday, November 28, during the Channels Television programme, ‘Seriously Speaking’, with Adesuwa Onyenokwe. He said:
“We all must agree that the enormity of the problem was underestimated. John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that; Segun Oni, former governor of Ekiti state, has said that, too.
“Whoever thought that Nigeria had been run into a hole like we have now seen? There was façade that made you feel that everything was okay with the country, but the country was in a hole. As of November 2014, the average income of Nigeria for a month was $3.2 billion. By June, July 2015, it dropped to $500 million.
“You couldn’t have foreseen that because nobody knew that the crash of oil price would have such effect and when the crash came, the next thing was to say: ‘Where are the savings?’ But we looked and found nothing. So, it was real trouble.”
The presidential spokesman noted that the present administration is not the type that will manipulate or twist issues, “whatever you hear us say, just take it that we mean it. The good thing about the president is his integrity. He also means well”, he added.
Adesina went further to say that when people have doubt about the captain of a ship, they begin to panic once there is a storm. “But if you know that this captain is tested, he is seasoned, and he will not abandon the ship, then you will stay with him”, he said.
“I will like to tell Nigerians that the captain of our ship, the president is someone who knows where he is going. He knows where he is steering the ship to. It may be tempestuous for now, we will get to a safe harbour.”