Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his administration has recorded concrete achievements, contrary to the opposition’s statement that the administration is running on propaganda and lies.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan last week lashed out at Buhari, saying that Nigerians have lost trust in him.
Jonathan had earlier accused the Buhari administration of being characterized by lies and propaganda while welcoming a chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tunde Adeniran in his office in Abuja.
Responding to Jonathan’s comment, the president at a forum listed his administration’s achievements, including ending subsidy while ensuring petroleum availability, raising power generation and transmission, massive provision of infrastructure, tackling insecurity and making a success of the agriculture revolution, among others.
Buhari said it is an irony that those who presided over a budget of 18 billion naira for roads, 5 billion naira for power and 1.8 billion naira for housing in 2015 are now accusing those who spent 198.25 billion naira on roads, 91.2 billion naira on power and 71.559 billion naira on housing.
“Because of the increased spending in these areas, the massive debts owed to contractors are being settled so they can recall workers who were laid off and re-open closed work sites,” the Nigerian leader told his audience.
The president also noted that headline inflation had fallen for the eighth consecutive month, while foreign exchange reserves are up to 32 billion U.S. dollars, up from 24 billion dollars a year ago.
He said when the administration assumed office in 2015, terror group Boko Haram was active in at least 10 states.
“Today, Boko Haram has been so degraded that it lacks the capacity to carry out any organized attack, while also increasingly losing the capacity to even attack soft targets. Importantly, Boko Haram no longer holds any territory,” he added. Enditem