President Muhammadu Buhari referred to the Boko Haram militants on Tuesday as “fraudulent people” who had been outnumbered by his administration since 2015.
Following the commissioning of various projects by the latter’s administration, Buhari gave a speech at Owerri, the capital of Imo State, when Governor Hope Uzodimma hosted him.
The President criticised the elite for not giving Nigeria enough thought, noting that even though his government had performed “very well,” those who should have praised it for its accomplishments had remained silent.
He added that his predecessors had failed to build the nation’s infrastructure despite receiving so much money from crude oil.
“To be frank, I blame the Nigerian elite for not thinking hard about our country,” the President commented.
“Between 1999 and 2015, when we came in, I would like people to check the Central Bank and the NNPC. The average production was 2.1million BPD. Nigeria was earning at this time 2.1million times but looked at the state of infrastructure, look at the road…look at the railway, it was virtually killed. Power, we are still struggling.
“But when we came, unfortunately, the militants were unleashed, production went down to half a million BPD. Again, unfortunately, the cost of petroleum went down from $28 to $37.”
He added that Boko Haram militants had previously dominated local governments in Borno State before he took office in May 2015, but that situation is now history.
“Look at the problem in the Northeast, check with anybody from Borno or Adamawa, how many local governments were in the hands of the government and how many were in the hands of Boko Haram? Fraudulent people, whoever they are, are fraudulent! But now, go and ask the hardworking governor of Borno State, a very hardworking governor. Federal Government is in charge now.
“In terms of time and resources, this administration has done extremely well. I have to say it because those who are supposed to say are not saying it. I don’t know why,” the President said.