Obasanjo too busy to see Buhari’s achievements – Lai Mohammed

Obasanjo too busy to see Buhari’s achievements – Lai Mohammed

The Federal government has responded to the controversial memo written to the President, Muhammadu Buhari by a former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

The former President had advised Buhari not to run in 2019 due to his sloppiness, nepotism, and incompetence.

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Lai Mohammed, APC

In his response on Wednesday,  the Minister of Information said Obasanjo may have been too busy to realized Buhari’s achievement and efforts to revamp the nation.

The Minister described Obasanjo as a patriot who has proven himself time after time. The federal government further expressed appreciation for what Obasanjo said concerning the administration performance in the fight against corruption and insurgency.

“Specifically, the former President said President Buhari must be given credit for his achievement so far in these two areas. We thank him for this.” He said.

He added “Apparently, the former President believes that the Administration does not deserve a pass mark in the area of the economy, which is the third of our three-pronged campaign promises.

“We have no doubt that in the face of massive challenges in this area, this Administration has availed itself creditably. We believe that Chief Obasanjo, because of his very busy schedule, may not have been fully availed of developments in the government’s efforts to revamp the economy, which was battered by the consequences of over-dependence on a commodity as well as unprecedented pillaging of the treasury.

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“Today, most of the indices by which an economy is measured are looking up. Permit me to say, however, that Nigeria would not have exited recession through a mere order or if the Administration had not made use of ”good Nigerians” who could help.

“This Administration is making steady progress in its determined effort to revamp the economy, and the results are showing:

* Foreign Reserves have peaked at $40b, the highest level in about four years, and up from $24 billion just a year ago, even though when we came in, the price of oil had crashed woefully.

* According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBC), headline inflation has fallen for 11 consecutive months, standing at 15.37% as at Dec. 2017. This is the lowest inflation rate since Jan 2017, and it has met and surpassed the target set for inflation in the Administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

* Our determined implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has stopped the hemorrhaging of the treasury. Some 108 billion Naira has been saved from removal of maintenance fees payable to banks, pre-TSA. The nation is being saved 24.7 billion Naira monthly with the full implementation of the TSA.

* The elimination of ghost workers has saved the nation 120 billion Naira

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* At about 1.8 billion dollars, the capital inflows in the second quarter of 2017 were almost double the $908 million in the first quarter.

* In the wake of a stable Naira and increased investment inflows, Nigeria’s stock market emerged one of the best-performing in the world, delivering returns in excess of 40 percent.

* Nigeria rose 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, and earned a place on the List of Top 10 Reformers in the world.

* According to Q3 2017 figures, agriculture export is up year-on-year by 25%, solid minerals exports are up year-on-year by 78%, raw materials exports are up 70% year-on-year and manufactured goods exports are up 22% year-on-year.

* Government agencies such as the Nigeria Customs Service are reporting highest-ever revenue collection, while JAMB, under the new management appointed by President Buhari in 2016, remitted N7.8billion to the coffers of the federal government. The total amount remitted by JAMB between 2010 and 2016 was a paltry N51 million!

“These positive indices may not have immediately impacted positively on Nigerians, but Nigerians will definitely get a new lease of life a short while from now. This is because the good news from the agricultural sector, which is recording a bumper harvest, will bring down the cost of foodstuffs, especially such staple as rice, and our massive Social Investment Programme will ease the pain of the most vulnerable in the society.

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“When we assumed office in 2015, some 6 million farmers were involved in rice production. Thanks to the Anchor Borrowers’ programme of this Administration, we have grown that number to over 12 million farmers. The result is that our rice import from Thailand alone has dropped from 644 metric tonnes to 22,000 MT in just two years. This is phenomenal.

“Apart from rice, Nigeria is also doing well in other grains, especially Millet, Sorghum and Maize. We are now the second largest producer of sorghum after the US, the third in millet after India and our breweries are now enjoying local sourcing of those commodities.

“For maize, we are producing 10 million tons while we need about 13 million tons for both human and animal nutrition. Nigeria leads the world in the yam and cassava production. We account for 70% of the world’s yam production. In two years, we hope to be the world’s largest exporter of yam! Overall, our ambition is that agriculture should rise from 25% to 40% of GDP, so that we can banish poverty and overcome our economic anxiety.

“Our Social Investment Programme is Nigeria’s most ambitious social welfare programme ever. Currently, 5.2 million primary school children in 28,249 schools in 19 states are being fed daily; 200,000 unemployed graduates have enlisted into the N-power Job Scheme, and a quarter of a million loans already distributed to artisans, traders, and farmers.

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“Finally, our investment in infrastructure is simply unprecedented. This is because infrastructure is key to faster economic growth and development.

Here is a synopsis of what we have done in this area:

* Power Generation at an all-time high of 7,000mw and all can be transmitted

* RAIL: Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge is on. Lagos-Ibadan sector ready 2019, Kano-Kaduna ready 2019; The entire stretch ready 2021; Negotiations on for Coastal Rail covering 15 cities from Lagos to Calabar.

* ROAD: 25 major highways being funded with the N100b Sukuk Bond, and all geo-political zones are benefitting equally

“This Administration is not unaware of the enormity of the challenges facing the nation, but we are up to the task. We have taken the bull by the horns, and long-suffering Nigerians will begin to experience a new lease of life as our efforts yield fruits. We will not go into a state of funk for whatever reason.

“On the Herders/Farmers’ clashes, this Administration is determined to end the crisis resulting from this once and for all, not minding the fact that the clashes predate us. we urge Nigerians to have faith in the Administration’s ability to resolve the crisis, and to watch out for concrete measures in this regard.

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“On whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari should run for another term, it is true that many Nigerians have been calling on the President to run again, while others are opposed to his return.

“However, we believe this issue is a distraction for the President at this time. This is because Mr. President spends every waking hour tackling the enormous challenges facing the nation, most of which were bequeathed to his Administration by successive past Administrations.

“He is committed to fulfilling the mandate given to him by Nigerians in 2015. And that’s where we are right now!

“Finally, we have no reason to believe that former President Obasanjo has any motive beyond the well-being of the nation in issuing his Special Press Statement. We have also taken his admonition in good faith, and we thank him most sincerely for taking time off his busy schedule to pen such a long statement.”

23 Responses to "Obasanjo too busy to see Buhari’s achievements – Lai Mohammed"

  1. Godswill Otomashiri Njoku
    Godswill Otomashiri Njoku   January 27, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Mr layer

    Reply
  2. Benson Sunday
    Benson Sunday   January 25, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    This man ur not tired of lying what achievement are talking about the one in PMB house or your own house b careful

    Reply
  3. Rich Roland
    Rich Roland   January 25, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Na so good talk

    Reply
  4. Rich Roland
    Rich Roland   January 25, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Na so good talk

    Reply
  5. Itari Daniel
    Itari Daniel   January 25, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I understand what you mean, only the jobless, the poor, those who have not thing to do for a living, can see and feel the hunger Buhari have brought to this nation

    Reply
  6. Gloria Anyawata
    Gloria Anyawata   January 25, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Lie lie Mohammed pls let the sleeping dog lie it is settled buhari go home and rest

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  7. Engr Keneth Clever Chikwe
    Engr Keneth Clever Chikwe   January 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Hopeless you

    Reply
  8. Tamunosa Brown
    Tamunosa Brown   January 25, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Lianus mohammed,keep on de lie lie

    Reply
  9. Ezekiel Datroko
    Ezekiel Datroko   January 25, 2018 at 10:03 am

    This man wearing bed spread, are you blind to see that the president is inactive?

    Reply
  10. Ezekiel Datroko
    Ezekiel Datroko   January 25, 2018 at 10:02 am

    This man wearing bed spread, are you blind to see that the is inactive?

    Reply
  11. Igwe Charles Obinna
    Igwe Charles Obinna   January 25, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Useless old fool.

    Reply
  12. Victoria James
    Victoria James   January 25, 2018 at 9:38 am

    See as you dey like bat with ur agbada ….vampire

    Reply
  13. Amoshie Amb
    Amoshie Amb   January 25, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Not again

    Reply
  14. Anwusor Tasie-Amadi
    Anwusor Tasie-Amadi   January 25, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Blind man and his blind leader

    Reply
  15. Burabari Barate
    Burabari Barate   January 25, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Baba what did u do in ur 8 years ? is it not just sharing govt assets, u n Atiku

    Reply
  16. Bobo-nice Jacob
    Bobo-nice Jacob   January 25, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Short up your mouth you fool. Your cup is filled up.

    Reply
  17. Mefun Duwoboye Tamasco
    Mefun Duwoboye Tamasco   January 24, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Shameless Man

    Reply
  18. Wisdom Kpooge
    Wisdom Kpooge   January 24, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Bcos u are just dia eating money for noting abi?

    Reply
  19. Davies Payman
    Davies Payman   January 24, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    lie lie Muhammedu u hv cm again

    Reply
  20. Promise Zimadee
    Promise Zimadee   January 24, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    May the Almighty God punished that your stupid mouth. Greedy man

    Reply
  21. Promise Zimadee
    Promise Zimadee   January 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    What achievement?,

    Reply
  22. Osabuohien Igbinovia
    Osabuohien Igbinovia   January 24, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    This is the FATHER of all LIES talking

    Reply

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