The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said his party All Progressives Congress (APC) and the President Muhammadu Buhari have fulfilled all campaign promises and He assessed Buhari performance as up to expectations as Lai Mohammed justify his point on Buhari’s promises.
The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) fulfilled all campaign promises as Channels Television reports.
Mr. Mohammed evaluating the performance of the incumbent government so far added that the Buhari administration has measured up to expectation.
He said: “It (one year in office) has been very challenging, very fulfilling, but I must say with all sense of modesty that we have fulfilled our pledges.”
“We campaigned on three issues: insecurity, fighting corruption and revamping the economy, and I can say again with all sense of modesty that we have fought Boko Haram to a standstill; we have launched a campaign against corruption with the change narrative, and we are taking steps to revamp the economy.”
While being asked if he was sure about what he was saying, the minister answered: “Absolutely!”
The Minister Lai Mohammed further explained how he understood the success of Muhammadu Buhari’s Government:
“Let me take the issue of fighting insecurity. Nigeria was bedeviled with various types of insecurity ranging from cattle rustling to kidnapping for ransom to Boko Haram but clearly the most challenging when we took over was the menace of the Boko Haram.
“When we came into office on May 29, 2015, Boko Haram was hoisting its flag in many parts of Nigeria, they had their own system of government, their own caliphate but we have been able to chase them out of those places and even the remaining fortress, which is the Sambisa forest. Today, we’ve maintained a bombardment in that area and if anybody wants to know what we’ve achieved in the last 12 months in the fight against Bokoro Haram, then they must look at what it was before and what it is today.
“Today all the highways leading to Maiduguri have been re-opened. A month ago, a league match was played in Maiduguri and that is evidence that normal life is returning there. But this didn’t come by chance; it came as a result of the dedicated and committed leadership of President Buhari.”
The minister also said that his APC had also done well in its fight against corruption, saying under the previous administration Nigerians were celebrating corruption, but that the “change narrative” had put an end to such act.
“Whatever emphasis you put on fighting corruption can never be misplaced because if you see the major problems facing us today, they can all be traced directly to corruption. It is because of corruption that Boko Haram lasted so long. Money meant to fight Boko Haram was shared and that was what led many innocent Nigerians to their untimely graves,” he said.
“It is because of corruption that Nigerians are relying more on generators than on conventional power because after billions of naira was allegedly pumped into the power sector, what we see is darkness. Before now, we used to celebrate corruption at least if not anything, Nigerians no longer celebrate corruption. Now, again, if you look at the way we have addressed the issue of corruption, it is not to vilify anybody.
“We never set out to probe PDP campaign funds. No, it is not our business. It is INEC that has the right to probe the campaign fund of any political party. But we set out to find out why the Boko Haram insurgency lasted for so long. How come our gallant soldiers were running away from a ragtag army? How come there was so much mutiny within the army? Why were wives of the soldiers protesting that their husbands would not go to the war font? This was what we set out to probe, and then we stumbled on the fact that actually what happened was that when a $2.1 billion contract was given, rather than use the money to buy arms and ammunition, provide for the welfare of soldiers, they were used for political purposes.
“The interesting thing about this $2.1 billion is that not one person accused of sharing in this loot has denied it, instead they have given excuses why they took the money. One claimed that he took the money for spiritual purpose, another claimed he used N3.1 billion for publicity, another said he was asked to go and buy a land for maritime university for N13 billion. “So far, no one has denied partaking of this money.”
President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 won the presidential poll after a keen contest with the Goodluck Jonathan from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Many Nigerians were happy thinking that Muhammadu Buhari will take Nigerians to the greatest development height in History While Many others also rejoiced with the strong belief that the “change” that was promised by the APC was certainly going to transform Nigeria.
However, one year after Nigerians blame President Muhammadu Buhari for apportioning blames rather than proffering solutions.
They even rename the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) into All Promise Cancelled (APC).
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