President Muhammadu Buhari has said that given the condition his administration met the country, without savings and the economy badly vandalized, he has “not done too badly.”
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina quoted Buhari as saying this in London Sunday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization led by Charles Efe Sylvester.
President Buhari said wicked people plundered the country and kept the citizens poor.
He also assured Nigerians that he would do his best to justify their trust in him and that thei confidence “won’t be abused.”
“I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it,” he said.
Buhari, who affirmed that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, however, regretted that “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people.”
President Buhari described the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder as massive.
The president said his administration was doing its best to recover some of the loots.
He, however, noted that it was impossible to identify and recover all the loots.
“If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses.
“You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country,” he said.
Buhari commended the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation for identifying with the country, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.”
Earlier, the leader of the organisation, Sylvester, was quoted as saying that they were happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far.
He was quoted thus: “You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“We are proud of the speed with which you recovered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals. We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.”