The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says President Muhammadu Buhari has steered the country in the right direction and returned the economy to the path of sustainable growth despite the huge challenges it faced in 2015.
This was as he stated that the Buhari government met three challenges upon taking over the reins of power from president Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 but didn’t know the enormity of the challenges.
Naija News reports that the Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Friday when he received a delegation from the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD), which is in the country for the
second peer review.
“We came into government in 2015 and by the time we came to government, three things happened, the impact of which we did not know. The first is that by the time we assumed office in 2015, a huge
part of the North East was under the effective occupation of Boko Haram.
“When we came in in 2015, the economy had virtually collapsed. Oil prices crashed from a high of about $120 per barrel to about $28 a barrel. Production went from about 2.1 million barrels per day to about half a million barrels a day. These were the challenges we faced on day one when we came in,” he said.
Mohammed therefore urged the AUDA-NEPAD to always consider the peculiar challenges of a country while making conclusions on the
governance structure for the peer review.
“While we can have some basic tenets of governance, governance is a bit peculiar to the locality, and the kind of challenges we face will
determine to a large extent the mechanism we are going to use to resolve them.
“I look at Nigeria as an extremely interesting project, especially in the last six years. I think the kind of challenges we faced as a government coming in in 2015 till today will challenge the most
resourceful persons,” he said.
The Minister hailed the governance style of President Buhari which, he said, is driven by experience, wisdom, tolerance, patience and listening to all shades of opinion in his effort to chart a new course for the country that has been plagued by numerous challenges.
Source: Naija News