Why Nigeria got into trouble – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN

They converged from different parts of the United States of America. Top rate professionals all, Nigerians whom Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters and International Relations, described as “15 of the best people God ever created.”

The professionals were in New York to meet with the Nigerian President. Top flight aeronautics engineers, physicians, I.T experts, a Judge, a top policewoman, entrepreneurs, an Import Specialist at Customs and Border Protection, professors, two straight A students, and many others.

The parley provided President Buhari opportunity to bring them up to speed on how and why Nigeria got into trouble, with an assurance that with all hands on deck, including the best brains in the Diaspora, the country would bounce back in the shortest possible time.

“I am very pleased with this meeting,” President Buhari stated. “Wherever you go in the world, you find highly competent and outstanding Nigerians. They not only make great impact on their host countries and communities, their financial remittances back home also help our economy, particularly at a time like this, when things are down.”

“We got into trouble as a country, because we did not save for the rainy day. For example, between 1999 and 2015, when we produced an average of 2.1 million barrels of oil per day, and oil prices stood at an average of $100 per barrel, we did not save, neither did we develop infrastructure. Suddenly, when we came in 2015, oil prices fell to about 30 dollars per barrel.

“I asked; where are the savings? There were none. Where are the railways? The roads? Power? None. I further asked; what did we do with billions of dollars that we made over the years? They said we bought food. Food with billions of dollars? I did not believe, and still do not believe.

“In most parts of Nigeria, we eat what we grow. People in the South eat tubers, those in the North eat grains, which they plant, and those constitute over 60 per cent of what we eat. So, where did the billions of dollars go? We did a lot of damage to ourselves by not developing infrastructure when we had the money.

“Talking of our military, they earned respect serving in places like Burma, Zaire, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra-Leone, and then, suddenly, that same military could no longer secure 14 out of 774 local governments in the country. Insurgents had seized them, calling them some sort of caliphate, and planting their flags there; till we came, and scattered them.

“We raised the morale of our military, changed the leadership, re-equipped and retrained them; USA, Britain, and some other countries helped us, and today, the pride of our military is restored.

“Boko Haram ran riot, killing innocent people in churches, mosques, markets, schools, motor parks, and so on. And they would then shout Allahu Akbar. But if they truly knew Allah, they would not do such evil. Neither Islam, nor any other religion I know of, advocates hurting the innocent. But they shed innocent blood, killed people in their thousands. Now, we have dealt with that insurgency, and subverted their recruitment base.

“Those who stole Nigeria dry are not happy. They recruited the militants against us in the Niger Delta, and began to sabotage oil infrastructure. We lose millions of barrels per day, at a time when every dollar we can earn, counts. It is a disgrace that a minimum of 27 states, out of 36 that we have in Nigeria, can’t pay salaries.

“But I prayed so hard for God to make me President. I ran in 2003, 2007, 2011, and in 2015, He did. And see what I met on ground. But I can’t complain, since I prayed for the job. In the military, I rose from 2nd Lieutenant to Major-General. I was military governor in 1975 over a state that is now six states. I was head of state, got detained for three years, and headed the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), which had N53 billion of that time in Nigerian banks.

“God has been very good to me, so I can’t complain. If I feel hurt by anybody, I ask God to help me forgive. He has done so much for me.

“After 16 years of a different party in government, no party will come and have things easy. It’s human. We need quality hands to run Nigeria, and we will utilize them. I will like to welcome you home when it’s time. But I’ll like you to be ready.”

All the Nigerian professionals pledged to contribute their quota towards re-launching their fatherland to a new dawn.


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  • Ahmed m sabitu

    Our president only talks but no action, I’m afraid if he’s capable of delivering any good thing for this country

    • Rommel

      Presidents talk,that is what the job is all about and if did not know,then you know nothing

    • woman leader1

      He will surely deliver good thing, believe me.

      • Colonel Mariam

        Right, for an old and frail man, time is not not his side anyway.
        I have nothing against him but I am tired of these complaints about nothing but oil. He had been in government for many years, but he never lifted a finger to diversify the economy all those years. I have always prayed for the day that a barrel of oil will sell for $1. We are not there yet.

    • front man

      Just believe in him he will deliver

  • agbobu

    CORRUPTION, IMPNNITY AND NO RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF THE LAWS ARE THE PRINCIPAL THINGS THAT ARE KILLING NIGERIA. WHILE THESE ILL WERE VERY COMMON IN ALL PAST REGIMES, IT WAS THE LAST ADMINISTRATION UNDER GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS GOVENMENT, THAT INSTITUTIONALISED, THEM, MADE NORMS, VERY FASHIONABLE AND A WAY OF LIFE IN THE PLECEBO AND PRETEND POLITICS. THEY PARADE THEMSELVES AS LEADERS, BUT THEY ARE JUST VERY SHAMELESS AND VERY RECKLESS DEALERS. THEY MADE THEIR BRAND OF POLITICS OF ‘SHARE THE LOOT’ THE ONLY BUSINESS OF THE DAY. THESE IDIOTS BEHAVED AS IF THERE IS NO TOMORROW OR THAT THERE WILL BE NO RAINNY DAY OR DAYS AND DELIBERATELY REFUSED TO PLAN AND SAVE. THEY REFUSED OR DID NOT KNOW HOW THE EXPAND AND GROW THE ECONOMY. SHAME ON THEM. I DO NOT KNOW HOW THEY SLEEP VERY WELL AT NIGHT SEEING ALL THE DESTRUCTIONS AND HAVOC THEY CAUSED NIGERIA AND ITS CITIZENS. IF THEY THINK THAT THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER THEN THEY ARE IN CLOUND 9 AND NOT IN THIS PLANET EARTH.

  • front man

    Our wicked leaders brought this mess upon Nigeria thank God we have president muhammed buhari now, he shall restore it’s lost glory

  • Abdulkadir

    For as sure as God created the universe, this government shall succeed. Listen to the voice of the President and you feel a sense of belonging, a sense of patriotism, a sense of purposefulness and his desire to deliver. But not all would feel like that as he has blocked the sources many have become accustomed to. Buhari shall succeed and Nigeria shall be great again.

    • adanki

      What a joke. Hahahahaha. You don chop. Imbeciles

  • Decimator

    The same old story. Sorry

  • The 50yrs of mediocre dictatorships foisted on us by Buhari and his generation of dictators destroyed our Nation.