Lai Mohammed Says Buhari Remains Best For Nigeria

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    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said
    that with President Muhammadu Buhari piloting the affairs of Nigeria,
    the country is in very safe and competent hands, hence there is no
    cause for alarm.

    According to a statement signed by his SA, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister said this at a mini town hall meeting with the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and a cross section of Nigerians living in the European country on Saturday.

    He said contrary to the fake news being peddled on the Social Media,
    Nigeria is making steady progress, especially in revamping the
    economy, tackling insecurity and fighting corruption – the three
    cardinal programmes of the Buhari Administration

    ”Don’t believe everything you read on the Social Media. Nigeria is
    neither at war nor in crisis,” Alhaji Mohammed said. ”Contrary to
    what you may be reading on the Internet, the Buhari Administration is
    putting Nigeria on a solid footing, after the years that were eaten by
    the locust.”

    He said naysayers are spending millions of Naira to distort the true
    situation of things in Nigeria and to make the Administration
    look bad.

    The Minister said the Administration’s achievements should be
    evaluated against the background of the tough challenges that it has
    faced since coming into office on 29 May 2015

    ”It is said that if you don’t know where you are coming from, you
    won’t know where you are going,” he said, listing the drastic fall in
    the price of crude oil, the low foreign reserves at $24 billion, the
    fact that the federal government was borrowing to pay workers’
    salaries, and the fact that many states were unable to pay salaries as
    some of those challenges.

    Alhaji Mohammed also said when the Administration came into office,
    unpaid pensions had run into billions of Naira in many states,
    contractors had abandoned sites across the country because they were
    being heavily owed, infrastructure was in poor state, power generation
    was 2,690 megawatts, billions were being paid as ‘fuel subsidies’
    to fat cats, corruption was the order of the day, while 20 of the 27
    local governments in Borno were under the firm control of Boko Haram.

    ”Today, the trend is being reversed, and the results are showing:
    Foreign reserves is now $42.8b, the highest level in four years,
    inflation has fallen for 12 consecutive months to 15.13%, 108 billion
    Naira has been saved from removal of maintenance fees payable to banks
    before Treasury Single Account (TSA), the nation is being saved 24.7
    billion Naira monthly with the full implementation of the TSA and the
    elimination of ghost workers has saved the nation 120 billion Naira.

    ”With improved macro-economic conditions, capital inflow is on the
    upswing, reaching $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2017, which is
    almost double the $908 million in the first quarter, Nigeria’s stock
    market is one of the best-performing in the world,
    delivering returns in excess of 40 percent, Nigeria jumped 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,” he said.

    The Minister also told the meeting that the Administration’s
    agricultural revolution is moving Nigeria close to self-sufficiency in
    many staples, especially rice, that the home-Grown School Feeding
    Programme has created jobs for 61,352 cooks, and it is providing 6.4
    million school children in 33,981 schools across 20 states with one
    meal a day, that power generation has increased to 7,000 megawatts,
    that Boko Haram has been massively degraded and that the
    Administration’s is embarking on a  massive infrastructural renewal.

    Alhaji Mohammed, who urged the Nigerians to download the FGN-iAPP in
    order to get authentic news from Nigeria, later fielded questions from
    the Nigerians, with many of them seeking to know when Nigerians in the
    diaspora will be able to vote, how they can access the national
    identity card, how they can get authentic information from Nigeria and
    what the federal government is doing to end the herder-farmer clashes.

    Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Mrs. Susan Aderonke Folarin, led the
    staff of the embassy to the town hall meeting, which was held at the
    embassy premises.

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