President Muhammadu Buhari’s response to critics accusing his administration of being slow in performing and delivering on its promises since coming into office since May last year is “hold your peace as I still have three more years to go”.
Speaking Yesterday at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, President Buhari said “I know you are being harassed since the election that they haven’t seen anything on the ground. Well, if you have any explanation that could be accepted, it is that you have three more years to go”.
Buhari, who highlighted the progress made so far by his administration, promised to deliver on his election promises in the next three years,but asked for Nigerians’ understanding to enable his administration meet their expectations.
He also seized the opportunity provided by the occasion to respond to critics of his frequent travels abroad, saying the trips were necessary to present the nation’s case for foreign assistance.
“Sometimes, you need to present your case on a personal basis to your economic colleagues and neighbours. Nothing is better than personal touch and I believe that we are learning a lot and eventually, the nation will realize so.” he said.
Speaking on the state of Nigeria’s economy, the president stated that the mono economy system the nation has been practicing has not made work easy as his administration is really having a hard time trying to stabilise the economy.
He said 27 states in the country are finding it difficult to pay the salaries of their workers as a result of the present economic grim in the country.
To salvage the situation, his administration began the implementation of the Treasury Single Account which have saved the nation over N3tn, an amount which would have been frittered away by corrupt public officials.
Speaking further, the president condemned the politically motivated killings in Rivers State promised that something will be done about it in the next general election.
“I think that more Nigerians are killed or killed themselves in Rivers than in any particular state. At this stage of our political development, to remain brutal is shameful and as a government, I promise we will do something by the next general elections.
“I appeal to the leadership of the military, security agents and INEC that what I want Nigerians to remember me for, even if I leave the Presidency tomorrow, is that I respect them.
“I want all Nigerians to believe and hold their PVCs as personal entitlement as Nigerians and use them the way they like, and vote for whoever they like at whichever election.
“If they voluntarily sell it, it is part of their right and so, let them sell it and remain at home and not participate in any election.’’
He also commented on the reversal of his earlier directive dissolving the boards of federal agencies and parastatals, he said “We gave a blanket order, which we had to rescind when we said all boards are suspended or dissolved”.
“We had to go back and lick our vomit in terms of university boards because we found out that according to their laws, they cannot choose vice-chancellors unless the boards seat and interview prospective candidates who want to be VCs.’’