Economic Recession: Buhari Pledges To Make Wrong Things Right
Addressing reporters in his home town, Duara in Katsina State after Eid-el-Kabir prayers on Monday, President Buhari decried what he inherited from past administrations, pledging to correct them with the support of Nigerians.
“I want Nigerians to realise what this government inherited after 16 years of PDP [Peoples Democratic party] and eight consecutive government.
“There was no savings, no infrastructure was done, no power, no rail, no road and security. This is what the other party left for Nigerians.
“Now they have seen what we have done from Boko Haram to what we are trying to do now with the militants.
“We have identified these problems, three of them – security, economy and fighting corruption.
“You have to secure our country to efficiently manage it. You have to create jobs for our youths and then we are fighting corruption which is continuous,” President Buhari said.
On what the government is doing to address the economic recession and provide job for the unemployed Nigerians, President Buhari highlighted that the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Ministry of Agriculture had established a scheme that would support farmers and ensure that young Nigerians were involved in the diversification of the economy through increase in agricultural produce.
“Now, the youths that have land, the Central Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture have done something about it.
“Those that do not have land that are graduates there is an arrangement made by a committee under the vice president.
“Really, we have plans, we know what to do and we want Nigerians to do their best too,” he stressed.
Citizens of Daura had lined up to behold the president’s convoy, as it meanders its way to the prayer ground.
The President joined other Muslim faithful at the Eid prayer ground for the day’s prayers.
Prayers were followed by the major event of the day – the slaughtering of the sacrificial ram.
President Buhari’s appearance in his country home no doubt is a thing of joy to his kinsmen and they could not hide it.
He had in an Eid-el-Kabir message congratulated Nigerians, particularly Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-El-Kabir, saluting their steadfastness in spite of the difficult economic times Nigeria is going through.
In a special message to Nigerians, the President said, “the lessons of the Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters, you have exhibited these in equal measure”.
“The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times. It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.
“I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through. Rail and road constructions, projects in the housing sector, support for farmers and for small and medium scale industries, youth and women’s empowerment programmes, support for revival of industries are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people.
“We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the Grace of God.
“I enjoin Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam, to keep good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters and as patriots to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation.
“I wish everyone happy holidays,” the President stated.