President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration is not doing badly since he took over power in 2015 and therefore called on elites and Nigerians to be fair in its criticism.
Buhari stated this while receiving Reverend Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, in Abuja yesterday.
The President said his administration had achieved a lot since he came on board compared to what he met in the office.
He noted that due to the scarce resources, the Federal Government had to struggle to pay debts, road rehabilitation and construction, revamping the rail, and trying to get power going, among others, are taking a toll on the government’s resources.
According to him, “Those criticizing the administration should be fair in terms of reflecting on where we were before we came, where we are now and what resources are available to us and what we have done with the limited resources.
“We had to struggle to pay debts, investing in road repairs and rebuilding; to revamp the rail and try to get power. This is what I hope the elite, when they want to criticize, will use to compare notes.”
While speaking on the nation’s security situation, Buhari started that: “What was the problem when we came? Try and ask people from Borno or from Adamawa, for that matter, and Yobe.
“What was the condition before we came, and what is the situation now?
“Still, there are problems in Borno and Yobe; there are occasional Boko Haram problems. But they know the difference because many moved out of their states and moved to Kaduna, Kano, and here (in Abuja).
“We were not spared of the attacks at a time. The government is doing its best, and I hope that eventually, our best will be good enough,” Buhari added.
“We had to struggle paying debts, investing in road repairs and rebuilding, to revamp the rail and try to get power.
“This is what I hope the elite when they want to criticize, will use to compare notes.
“What was the situation when we came? Try and ask people from Borno or from Adamawa, for that matter, and Yobe. What was the condition before we arrived, and what is the situation now?
“Still, there are problems in Borno and Yobe, there are occasional Boko Haram problems, but they know the difference because a lot of them moved out of their states and moved to Kaduna.”
Although he admitted that there are still what he termed “occasional Boko Haram problems,” the President said a lot has improved when compared to the experience of the residents of the affected states. Therefore, his regime deserves a pass mark on the security situation in the North East.