Buhari Scorecard: Presidency accuses group of ​’false propaganda’​

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The presidency has rejected a report on President Muhammadu Buhari’s fulfillment of his pre-election promises.

The report by ​a ​non​-​governmental group, Centre for Democracy and Development, assessed the president’s scorecard after seven months in office, concluding that Mr. Buhari had achieved only one of 222 campaign promises.

Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, described the report as “a false propaganda”.

Mr. Shehu said it was mischievous to attribute to the president promises he did not make during his campaign, and to hold him accountable for them.

According to him, any honest advocacy for democracy should not include distortion of facts and a misrepresentation of what President Buhari had promised to deal with during the campaigns.

“It is misleading to invent issues to suit one’s political bias and prejudice, and blame the President for not attending to those issues within one’s mischievous and chimerical deadline in order to play down the significant aspects of what the President has accomplished within those seven tough months,” he said.

Mr. Shehu said the CDD leaders could not objectively serve the cause of democracy if they were primarily preoccupied with negativity and cynicism, and constantly looking for something to condemn rather than appreciating the areas of progress made by the president within those seven months.

He argued that any group that focuses on negativity at the expense of objectivity would never see any good in the appreciable and significant progress made by the president.

Mr. Shehu explained that no sincere and fair-minded Nigerian would refuse to recognise the courage of the president to take on corruption in a country where impunity was once celebrated.

“Within seven months, President Buhari has successfully blocked the leakages for corruption, saying as a result of these efforts, the Nigerian Customs Service has quadrupled its revenue base to incredible level within seven months, something they didn’t achieve in years,” Mr. Shehu said.

“Doesn’t the president deserve credit for this and other efforts to confront the monster of corruption?”

On the economy, Mr. Shehu said CDD got it wrong to blame President Buhari for the falling oil prices in the world market, a challenge which has made the president lay greater emphasis and priority on economic diversification.

He recalled that President Obama of the United States had inherited an economy in crisis, something he didn’t bargain for, and that it would be unfair to blame Mr. Buhari for not fixing it in seven months.

“President Buhari’s experience is a double whammy because he inherited an economy in crisis on account of declining oil revenues and an economy also ravaged by incredible and large-scale corruption,” he said.

“He is making good strides towards improving governance, by tackling corruption. To-date a good number of persons believed to have collectively stolen billions from the taxpayer have been arrested, and are facing the courts.

“We are working with our allies across the world – from Britain and America to France and Germany to China and UAE to source, locate and repatriate misappropriated funds.

“So far, an escrow account has been opened for money that is being returned. This is only the start: the return of stolen funds is important, but it is just as critical to ensure those who seek to steal realise that no longer will there be such impunity in Nigeria.

“Only by ending belief in such licence we can wilfully institute the rule of law.”

He further said that while the president was receiving accolades abroad for his fight against corruption and insurgency, at home individuals were not prepared to give the successes the recognition they deserved.

“The latest CDD episode is a shocking reminder to their failed attempt to hold the president to ‘one hundred promises in one hundred days’ which disastrously crashed on the head of the proponent,” Shehu submitted.

“The elevation of the act to a new high of 220 promises is a knee-jerk reaction that seeks to play to the galleries and score cheap points against the president.
“This is a clear case of solution looking for problem.”​

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    President Buhari and his handlers are confused,the act of governance seems too complicated for them,they are overwhelmed by the complexities of democratic governance. Every discerning voice is branded as “corrupt” ,”propagandist” or “terrorist” and subjected to official castigation and state sponsored persecution. There is an unrestrained unwillingness to take responsibility for failures and an insatiable desire to deflect blames to other quarters on a serial basis !!

    • Otile

      Unfortunately for Imam we cannot accept fiefdom. Fiefdom is popular in the North West not anywhere east of the Niger. Our Odua brothers out of servitude to master Imam can tolerate the backward practice, we can’t.

  • New Nigerian

    This group is leaving out leprosy and treating mosquito bite!

    Today we learnt that Nigerian debt profile is $65.4 billion! according to Debt Management Office figures released today…

    So
    this group should pressure all the roadblocks to executing on the
    change agenda. The Judiciary and the national assembly are now
    roadblocks. They should repurpose their mission to do what need to be
    done like the speedy passage of the anti money laudery bill and the
    passage of the budget by the national assembly so that recovery of
    stolen billions in commonwealth can be speedily arrived at, leading to
    reduction of the debt profile and putting recoverred money to work for Nigerians.

    Some sobering facts:
    Obasanjo
    got debt of $18 billion forgiven vs Jonathan working hand-in-glove with
    the national assembly stole $20billion in one go!…You can say
    anything about Obasanjo, you’d have to agree that he is one of the two
    most patriotic Nigerian (by example) alive today, the other is President
    Buhari..

    Some figures (Courtesy Naira Land and you
    can see the official links of published data at their website) with
    latest figures on debt profile just released by DMC …NIgeria now owes
    $65.4billion! –

    1. PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO (1999-2007)

    EXTERNAL DEBT:
    Inherited: $30 billion
    Cleared : $18 billion (He used his immense profile to broker debt forgiveness – a world record)
    Paid: $ 12 billion Dollars
    Left: $3,348.22bn-2007

    FOREIGN RESERVE
    Inherited: $3.7 billion (1999)
    Left: $45.0 billion (2007)

    NB: As at 2003, Oil Price Per Barrel was $30 and it was at $90 when he left.

    2. UMARU MUSA YAR ADUA (2007 – 2009)

    EXTERNAL DEBT:
    Inherited: $3,348.22 billion

    Left: $3.94 billion Dollars

    EXTERNAL RESERVE
    Inherited: $45.0 billion
    Grew To: $63 billion in September, 2008
    Left : $47. 7 billion (As at Dec 31st 2009 when Jonathan took over as “Overseer” )

    N/B:
    The reserve grew when the price of Crude Oil was $147 per barrel
    It Slided in Mid 2008 during the recession, when the crude price fell to $35 per barrel in 2009, till his death

    3. PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN:
    EXTERNAL DEBT
    Inherited: $3.94 billion Dollars
    As At Now: $65.4 billion Dollars (latest figures release today by DMC)

    FOREIGN RESERVE:
    Inherited: $47. 7 billion (As At December 31st, 2009)
    Left it at: $38.2BILLION

  • Damilola

    Mr. Garbage is a clown I swear Loooooooooooooooooolz……… propaganda??? You sabi dt grammar? OK. But we’re not all blind and dull Mr. You know ur sheep and ur ranch kno u

  • Salome

    Very watery and egoistic response from Mr Shehu. Mr. Shehu said the CDD leaders could not objectively serve the cause of democracy if they were primarily preoccupied with negativity and cynicism, and constantly looking for something to condemn rather than appreciating the areas of progress made by the president within those seven months. Should the CDD become ruling party’s spokesmen by praising and presenting the achievements of the APC to Nigerians? This is something opposition APC then didn’t do. Shehu had indirectly corroborated CDD by singling out corruption as the only thing that the President is addressing.

  • excel

    Seriously it obvious you have hate for the HMIC. Reason been that he played a pivotal role to dislodge your clueless master and the people destructive party you are sympathetic toward. Don’t die of hate the HMIC has no solution to your frustration.

  • adeade

    Mr Garba Sheu , propaganda is never true.. So there is nothing like false propaganda…. Everybody (even your APC supporters) knows that you wanted power at all cost and now you have it but your government is going down more rapidly than we can ever imagine.