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APC Says Buhari has Done in 1 Month What Jonathan Couldn’t Do in 5 Years

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On Sunday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, released a statement declaring that President Muhammadu Buhari has done virtually nothing during his first 30 days in office.

And now, National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has dismissed Metuh’s statement.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mohammed stated that in the area of battling terrorism, Buhari has made progress by fostering the decision to deploy the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, on July 30th to against Boko Haram – the same force ex president Jonathan wasn’t able to get off the ground in six years, Daily Post reports.

During his speech, Mohammed also listed other areas of progress Buhari’s administration was making, urging Nigerians to be patient with the new president.  In addition, he blamed the delay in appointing a cabinet on the lack of cooperation of the past administration.

Read his full speech below:

Good afternoon gentlemen.

I have arranged this interaction to rub minds with you, as always, on the situation of things in our country, top of which are the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari to chart a new path for our dear country, Nigeria.

It’s been about one month now since President Buhari assumed office, and I can tell you that there has been motion, and there has been movement, contrary to what is being peddled in some quarters.

Let me say straight away that my party, the APC, understands and appreciates the concerns of Nigerians as far as the perceived pace of the administration is concerned. We understand that they repose so much confidence in the party and the government to act quickly to stamp out insecurity, tackle corruption, revive the moribund economy, provide jobs and generally restore hope.

Justifiably, the expectations are high and urgent, and the Buhari administration has started addressing them, despite the enormous challenges that it faces, including an empty treasury and an economy that has virtually collapsed.

While Nigerians are right to demand quick and sustained action in addressing these challenges – and honestly we make no excuses – it is important for us to put things in perspective for a better understanding.

The Buhari administration got the handover notes from the former government just four days before the inauguration, hampering its efforts to have a clear understanding of the situation on the ground before taking the necessary measures to address it. If any disease is not appropriately diagnosed, it cannot be effectively treated. Any government that is truly desirous of bringing about real change will not act hastily and without the necessary understanding of what is on ground. Coupled with the delay in getting the much-needed information, that takes time.

Recall that when we raised the alarm over the delay in getting the handover notes, the former government even accused us of seeking to form a parallel government!

Secondly, Nigeria has never before witnessed this kind of transition. What the country has been accustomed to is transition from one government to another under the same ruling party, not from the ruling party to the opposition as we have now. The implication is that this is a new learning curve, with its attendant hiccups.

Thirdly, never before has the ship of Nigerian state been steered aground as we have it now. Never before have Nigerians been this expectant from any leader or any government. These are all the more reasons to get things right, once and for all, so we won’t need to continue with the vicious cycle of hopes raised and dashed!

Even with these challenges, gentlemen, the Buhari Administration has availed itself creditably within one month of assuming office.

Tackling insecurity and fight against terrorism

This is one area in which the Buhari Administration has hit the ground running. The President had hardly been sworn into office than he embarked on a shuttle diplomacy to rally Nigeria’s neighbours to act as a common front against the terror group Boko Haram. The President travelled to Chad and Niger, and then hosted a summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission that comprised Cameroon, Chad and Niger, with Benin also invited.

The result is the decision to deploy the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, on July 30th to pep up the fight against Boko Haram! This is the same force that the past administration could not get off the ground in six years! That’s what we meant when we said what the Jonathan Administration could not do in six years, the Buhari Administration has done in three weeks, not minding that some mischievous elements decided to quote us out of context.

President Buhari has also rallied the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to work with Nigeria in battling the Boko Haram insurgency. A joint summit of leaders of both economic blocs is to be held shortly to concretise these efforts that will complement the one by Nigeria and its neighbours.

Outside our sub-region, the President travelled to Germany to meet with G7 leaders to present to them a wish list that included getting their support for the battle against Boko Haram. The leaders of the countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency have compiled their requirements which are being forwarded to the G7 for appropriate action.

While waiting for that, the US has announced a 5-million-dollar assistance for the fight against the terrorists who have been ravaging our country and our sub-region. Added to the relocation by the Nigerian military of the command centre to Maiduguri, these are no mean achievements.

Only a few weeks back, Nigeria could not enlist the support of any Western nation in the fight against Boko Haram, could not get the military hardware needed to pep up the fight and had to resort to using mercenaries to confront the bandits, even though the country boasts of a military that has been globally acknowledged for helping to restore peace to many countries around the world.

The fight against corruption

The fight against corruption ranks very high on the list of the Buhari Administration’s priorities, and justifiably so. The refrain, ‘If Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,’ is now commonplace, and it is a truism. Nothing, not even the fight against terror, can succeed without putting an end to the kind of prodigious and sickening corruption being witnessed in these climes.

That is why the President also included it on the wish list he took to Germany during the last G7 summit. Thankfully, some Western nations have now assured the Buhari Administration of all possible assistance in its efforts to recover the billions of Naira that was spirited away from the public till by public officers who abused their office during the immediate past administration.

Only yesterday, it was revealed that the President has ordered revenue-generating agencies, including the NNPC, FIRS, Customs and NPA, to close all Illegal Revenue Accounts and to also remit all funds generated to the Federation Account. This is a momentous step considering that those illegal accounts are being used to siphon public funds.

Thanks to the painstaking efforts of President Buhari, Nigerians now know that out of 8.1 trillion Naira generated by the NNPC in three years, 3.8 trillion Naira was not remitted to the Federation Account. Nigerians now know that the cash in the Excess Crude Account has been depleted by 2 billion dollars without explanation. A panel of four governors has been set up to investigate what happened to the money that was not remitted to the Federation Account. The rot met by the Buhari Administration is sickening, and the President is working hard to plug all loopholes for siphoning public funds, in addition to recovering looted public funds.

This is just the beginning of the fight against corruption. Nigerians should grab a front row seat so they can watch clearly as events unfold in the ring of anti-corruption fight in the days ahead. It will no longer be business as usual as the Buhari Administration seeks to make sure that every kobo of national funds is spent for the benefit of Nigerians, not to fill the deep pockets of a few fat cats.

Bringing Nigeria back to the comity of respected nations

Since President Buhari’s election on March 28th, 2015, Nigeria has been moving fast to regain its deserved place in the comity of respected nations. Leaders who once shunned Nigeria have been inviting, in droves, President Buhari to visit their countries. The latest is US President Barack Obama, who will play host to our President at the White House on July 20th.

There is no better indication of how much Nigeria is regaining its lost glory than the recent election of former Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Recall that Nigeria has never before led the continental bank, despite its front-line role there. In backing and campaigning for Dr. Adesina, President Buhari put his acclaimed sterling qualities to a global test, and he passed in flying colours. Adesina’s election is a testimony to the perception of Nigeria under President Buhari’s leadership.

The Buhari effect

Gentlemen, the mere fact that President Buhari, a man of impeccable pedigree, an incorruptible personality, has taken over the mantle of leadership has spurred Nigerians to dream again, put public servants on their toes, forced many looters to start disgorging some of their loots even without prompting, and fired the zeal of many public enterprises to deliver better services.

Conclusion

Despite the laudable achievements of the Buhari Administration within the past few weeks of its coming into being, Nigerians are right to demand even a faster pace. Nigerians are right to ask that a government be quickly put in place. Nigerians are right to demand that looters be exposed and brought to justice. Nigeria is long suffering, and our compatriots can’t wait for a paradigm shift in the way we do things.

Nigerians are right and justified in their expectations. All we ask for is a little more patience, a little more understanding and continuous support for the Buhari Administration.

We in the APC hereby assure our compatriots, who have expressed their concerns in recent times, that there is no cause for alarm. The Buhari Administration is willing, determined and able to effect the change that Nigerians voted for, despite the initial challenges. No one, not even the reactionary forces that are rampaging now, can sabotage our party’s change mantra. Welcome to a new Nigeria!

34 Comments

  1. kikikiki

    July 1, 2015 at 8:13 am

    hahahahahahaha LIA OF THE WORLD

  2. nene+

    July 1, 2015 at 8:20 am

    How does Lie Mohammed feel lying in this manner?
    Christian or Muslim don’t we have law to prick our heart when we tell lies?
    This is devious!
    So by one year GMB would have beaten Lee Kuan Yew , Roosevelt, Tony Blair????
    He who lies is of the devil and certainly this man is. Why not say in 30 days Buhari has done so so and so than say he has done what Jonathan could not do in five years!

    • nnenne

      July 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      It’s now 5 years. What happened to 6 years?

      APC…..Kontinu! Keep calling Nigerians idiots.!

  3. kikikiki

    July 1, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Lies alarm buzzing out of control bing bing bing bing bing bing bing bing bing bing bing bing xxxxxxxx xing xing xing xing…………………………………………………………………………………………zing zing zing.
    oh Lai lies more than the devil. xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing xing zing zing zing zing zing zing zing ving ving ving……………………………………………………………………………………..ping ping ping ping ping ping xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  4. or

    July 1, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Oh dear not again.
    There he goes again with the stench from his mouth.

  5. Okechukwu Ofili

    July 1, 2015 at 8:36 am

    This is the same delusion that killed Goodluck!

    Instead of telling Buhari the truth so that he can improve … people are soaking him in praise and the fastest way to kill a good leader is by drowning him with so much praise that he does not realizing when he is messing up! #SameShitDifferentToilet

    • Lois

      July 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Hahahaha #SameShitDifferentToilet ?. Nigerians don enter 1 chance

    • Benjamin

      July 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      You are right. This administration must be brave enough to listen to reality, even during times when it is not what they want to hear.

  6. Rue

    July 1, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Everything Lai mohammed has said makes sense. The things achieved by buhari in these few weeks cannot be essily chucked aside as irrelevant. Now we have a regional force comprising of niger, chad, cameroun and nigeria. This change will become visibly effective, once the regional force battles and overcomes boko haram. May the gods bless Nigeria.

    • Lois

      July 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Be deceiving yourself. So, before Buhari, there was no regional force against Boko Haram? Scoops. Call a spade a spade and not a garden utensil. People are still being killed alas, on a daily basis in Borno, Yobr and Adamawa.; the country is almost at a standstill, no policy thrust, no policy direction? Is this the change we almost went berserk for? The change we voted for?

    • FasholasLover

      July 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      How do you sleep at night? You conscience allows you? Just asking.

    • FasholasLover

      July 2, 2015 at 12:11 am

      Liar Mohammed, How do you sleep at night? Your conscience allows you? Just asking.

  7. John

    July 1, 2015 at 8:58 am

    The only thing Buhari has done more than Jonathan in his entire five years is Photographs and travelling nothing more.

    • jayboogie

      July 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      lol! he time traveled back to western Germany .

  8. hush hush

    July 1, 2015 at 9:02 am

    The use of kettles is back in Aso Villa so also filty plates used for Tuwo shinkafi and Fura de nunu.

    I can see the teeth of the Born to Rules as they are happy to be back in power after using every weapon in their arsenal to fight for it.

    However, one of weapons(Boko Haram) they used to achieve that may likely haunt them for a long time. undecided

  9. observant Nigerian

    July 1, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Just thinking that Lai Mohammed mouth will be smelling like latrine this fasting period issshh. FFK you are wicked lol

  10. Tanya

    July 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

    An eloquent and professional man. Well put Alhaji Lai Mohammed- an apt and timely response. We all need patience rather than rooting for failure, it’s just been 4 weeks after all. I believe that in 4 years, the situation of things in Nigeria will be much better than what the current administration started with. I like the fact that we are being carried along and given status reports because we are all stake holders. Serenity.

  11. TK

    July 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Only if APC could shut up and wait till campaign time! Can our politicians leave social media for a bit and actually get some work done? Everyday it’ APC or PDP bs

    • AD

      July 1, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Refer to Tanya’s comment above. O ye of no faith!!!!

  12. Anita

    July 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Stop running your mouths! Forming alliance doesn’t mean conquering or fighting boko haram they are yet to start, they still bomb places over the north on a daily basis. It will take a while before things stabilize everybody knows that, so is too early to start counting his successes. Keep quiet and let the man do his work, is not APC that will say how well he is doing but the masses.

  13. bn lover

    July 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    So APC and PDP u people want Nigerians to go to war abi?

  14. chy

    July 1, 2015 at 9:54 am

    observe ur ramadaan and iftar first.wheb ur done we can listen to u,till then byeeeeee

  15. Nigerians

    July 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

    APC please change!!!!!

  16. Taipan

    July 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Wetin this APC mean self, are we Nigerians that dumb? or blind, so this is how your lies and propaganda has eaten deep into your heads…..what kind of irresponsible statement is this? comparing 5yrs to one month….we are beginning to know the truth how you lied to get votes, it’s now obvious that “Change” is actually a bus conductor change

  17. APC watcher

    July 1, 2015 at 10:05 am

    This APC are still playing opposition. You can’t blame the last administration forever. As for monies missing, they are just being mischievous of they are ignorant. Certainly the committee of governors setup to investigate won’t be able to find anything, if one of them is this ignorant

  18. kk

    July 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I partially agree with what LAI LAI Mohammed has written however, is APC Trying to take credit for Akinwumi Adesina (former Minister of Agriculture)??????????????? I dey laugh oohhhh

    • nnenne

      July 1, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      @Kk… Have they not taken credit of the regional force. Comprising of Chad, Niger and Cameroon?
      The same force they attacked GEJ for string up.

    • nnenne

      July 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Meant ” setting up”

  19. jaybooie

    July 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    APC, let Buhari light shine before Nigerians that we may see his good deeds and glorify him and His Political party APC .
    Therefore , APC and Co, do me a favour pls , Gerarra here! …. quit trying to prove the man is working ooo we don’t need all that noise and convincing . when we start seeing and feeling the positive impact of THE BUHARI’S Change preach , we Nigerians will Glorify him without holding back .

  20. Anita

    July 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

    @ kk dont mind them for Adesina matter that it was during Jonathan administration even Adesina himself even personally thanked the former administration for his career progression. Now APC is taking credit. Mshew

    • Beeeee

      July 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      and by acknowledging Adesina, are they not finally admitting that there was some good in Jonathan’s government? This man giving credit to APC for Adesina emerging winner just shows him to be a complete joke. As in, he really thinks Nigerians are dull o

  21. Beeeee

    July 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    The APC really needs to settle down. One minute, you are telling Nigerians that change will not happen overnight and you are asking for patience. The next minute you are saying your president has done in 1 month what Jonathan couldn’t do in 5 years?!? ARE YOU FACKING KIDDING ME??? APC is still in campaign mode. They are still playing the opposition. All that he said is just gibberish. What I expected was for them to continue the offensive against Boko Haram from where the previous administration left off. What i expected was for them to double up efforts to bring back the Chibok girls. We are not hearing anything about the Chibok girls anymore and how many people have died at the hands of Boko Haram since Buhari entered office?? These are some of the major points that they used to deceive so many Nigerians during the campaign period. As far as I am concerned, all i have seen the President do is travel and whine about missing money. Recovering missing money from ALL administrations is very important but it should not be a public thing until you can come up with some HARD facts on who took what to where. These are not achievements, they are distractions. They really need to be careful because they have started losing their supporters. One of my friends who was a full-time change ambassador says he feels like he has been duped. People who voted for change did not vote for all the National Assembly drama and all the issues with Saraki. Now Sahara Reporters, the main social media mouthpiece of APC during the campaign is now smearing the Senate President, who happens to be an APC member. From what i have seen so far, they are unprepared to rule this country.Their only common goal was to get into power. What happens after getting the power, they did not discuss. It is very obvious to all eyes that they are not united. They need to get it together.

  22. Benjamin

    July 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Buhari has many problems to tackle and taking potshots at the previous administration serves no one .Let us not get ahead of ourselves with such grand proclamations., lest we become complacent.

  23. Tomi Shawn Akin

    July 2, 2015 at 11:50 am

    THIS IS THE BIGGEST LIE EVER SOLD. APC IS NOT IN THE POSITION TO TELL US HOW BURARI HAS PERFORMED. WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES TO SAY THAT!!! MR MOHAMMED, BE CAREFUL OF SUCH SILLY AND RIDICULOUS PROPAGANDA. 🙁

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