Ordinary Nigerians need to feel impact of exiting recession – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari talking
President Muhammadu Buhari talking

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Daura, Katsina State, said the real impact of coming out recession will be better felt when ordinary Nigerians experience a change in their living conditions.

President Buhari, who received the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, at his country home in Daura, told journalists that he was “very happy’’ to hear the country was finally out of recession, adding that the real gain should be improved conditions for Nigerians.

Responding to questions from journalists, the president said, “Certainly I should be happy for what it is worth. I am looking forward to ensuring that the ordinary Nigerian feels the impact.’’

President Buhari commended all the managers of the economy for their hard work and commitment, stressing that more work needed to be done to improve the growth rate.

He also said, “Until coming out of recession translates into meaningful improvement in peoples’ lives, our work cannot be said to be done.”

In his remarks, the Nigerien President said he was most delighted to see President Buhari in good health, praying that the almighty God would continue to strengthen him.

President Issoufou said he used the opportunity of the visit to discuss some bilateral and regional issues with President Buhari, which included the fight against Boko Haram, the economic challenges in the Lake Chad Basin and other developmental concerns that directly affect the livelihood of the citizens of both countries.

The Nigerien President was accompanied on the visit by a former Prime Minister, Hamid Algabid, and the President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of Niger, Moussa Djermakoye.


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  • Okokondem

    If you haven’t read this, I really think you should. You just can’t make this stuff up. This is written by a fellow northerner and if it is true, it’s troubling. I think everyone should read this.

    Buhari: Nepotism Smelling All Over Nigeria – By Dr. Junaid Mohammed

    “Let me say straight away that whether one calls it a cabal or a mafia or power within the presidency under
    Buhari,
    whatever you say it is; it is, and a lot worse. First, the most
    influential person in the presidency today is one Mamman Daura whom as
    you know, is a nephew of the president. His father was Buhari’s elder
    brother. In addition, Mamman Daura was the one who single-handedly
    brought up Abba Kyari, the current chief of staff to the president.
    In fact, Abba Kyari knows Mamman Daura more than he knows his own father.

    “Next, the personal assistant to Buhari himself is the son of Mamman Daura, next is the State Chief of Protocol
    (SCOP), and is also a son-in-law to Mamman Daura because he is married to Mamman Daura’s daughter.

    Next, the minister they unilaterally chose, against the interest of the party and against the wishes of
    Sokoto
    people, happens to be the daughter of the younger sister of Mamman
    Daura’s wife. Both of them are daughters of Sultan Dasuki, who was
    sacked by General Abacha. We have the aide-de-camp to Buhari himself,
    Colonel Abubakar. He is married to the granddaughter of one of Buhari’s
    elder sisters.

    Next we have the woman who represents Kaduna in the Federal Executive Council, she is a cousin to Kaduna State
    governor, Nasir el-Rufai. It is a well known that el-Rufai is one of the closest governors to Muhammadu Buhari.

    “Next, we have the Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Minister of the FCT is the man
    called
    Musa Bello, who used to be the Managing Director of the Northern
    Nigeria Development Corporation, which used to be the biggest holding
    company that belonged to all the northern states. His only qualification
    to be the FCT minister is the fact that his father has been Buhari’s
    friend over the years.

    Now, there is a young man called Sabiu Yusuf, nicknamed Tunde – probably because of the late General Tunde
    Idiagbon. He is another PA to President Buhari. He is also a grandson of another sister of Buhari.

    “This is enough to prove to you that this is shamelessly the worst form of nepotism in the history of
    government
    in Nigeria. In fact, in the history of Africa, let me make bold to
    assert that I have never seen any level of nepotism that has equalled or
    surpassed this in my entire life – I am now in my 67th year. Another
    thing I also want you to know is that Amina Zakari, who was and is still
    a national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral
    Commission representing the entire seven states in the North-west; it is
    being claimed that Buhari knows nothing about her appointment (before
    he became the president), it is a lie.

    “When President Goodluck Jonathan was reorganising INEC and he was bringing in Prof. Attahiru Jega, he reached

    out to Buhari and asked him to nominate somebody from the North-west so
    that, that person would be a national commissioner. Of all the people
    in the North-west, Buhari decided to nominate his own niece, the
    daughter of his elder sister – Amina Zakari. She has been there; when
    Jega left, Buhari was determined to make her the chairman, it was
    because of the massive backlash that he dropped the idea like hot
    potatoes. As we are talking today, that woman
    is a national commissioner which means she is one of the principal members of the election umpire.

    “Throughout my reading of history, political science and social sciences generally, I have never heard of
    any
    dictator or any tyrant under any system of government whether
    totalitarian or fascist, appointing his own niece to conduct elections
    in which he was either a party or going to be a party to; Buhari has
    done that.

    The immediate younger brother to Amina Zakari is currently the Minister for Water Resources representing Jigawa

    State in the same Buhari government. In addition, even though they are
    from Kazaure, Kazaure is contiguous to Daura. The eldest sister of both
    of them is now the Commissioner for Education in the All Progressives
    Congress government in Jigawa State. If this is not nepotism, then I
    don’t know what nepotism is.

    For somebody who had the guts and the brutal arrogance to appoint these relations, not bothered about public
    opinion, about the sense of justice, and about competence, then you can see that he has a very serious question to answer.”

  • TDaniels2

    Yes, Mr President. The headline is correct and should be made a reality and just empty words or hot air that can’t even fly a balloon!

    • Jon

      Buhari is racist bigot, ethnic bigot, has deep hatred for the South and not fit to be President of multi-ethnic Nigeria.

      Why is Buhari and his Hausa/Fulani parasites afraid of the word: RESTRUCTURE. They shiver and panic whenever RESTRUCTURE is thrown to their parasitic faces.

      They are reaping where they did not sow.Their parasitic behavior must be stopped by way of RESTRUCTURING Nigeria. Hausa/Fulani, bara wo, Ole.

  • Du Covenant

    While I appreciate the efforts of this government to better the lives of many ordinary citizens, I am sure the very many enemies within will not like this news so they will be busy hatching up new plans to frustrate everything meaningful that is to come our way. As a non-economist, I do dnot undesratnd why local commodities are priced based on USD exchange rate when naira is our legal tender?. The greedy folks in our market places will still invent reasons to hike prices, I call on fellow Nigerians to be innovative and not patronize the greedy folks, let’s see how they will break even.

  • Solomon Brown

    There you have it Nigerians, the one person you all stood in line to vote in continues to thumb his nose at you demented idiots. The absentee president thinks citizens are now “oidnary”, when you vote in a bad shepherd, you do not get to complain, when sheep come up missing. Enjoy your tuwo da mia kuka.

    • Ade-Lijadu

      @Asteroid19:disqus

      Today, under the useless and shambolic APC government there are now 28
      million un-employed youths in Nigeria; just roaming purposelessly inside
      Nigeria to beg for food – a staggering figure equal to the entire population
      of Ghana; a neighbouring West African country, according to latest official
      bulletin issued by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics.

      Today’s un-employment figure in Nigeria under the APC government is over 50%
      of the entire population of Nigeria at independence in October 1960. As it is, the
      28 million jobless youths in Nigeria are no longer waiting to be preached to;
      or taught to be patient by those robbing the treasury in government state
      houses.

      The youths are bracing for
      pistols, rifles and revolvers, to impose a mob solution on a dysfunctional Nigeria.
      Blood flows in Ikorodu in Lagos state in a bloodbath to mirror the carnage in
      Borno state. It matters not the motive of each gang. What’s key is that
      Nigeria is the common target. A country that forces its youths to arm
      and kill for survival or for political choice or economic grievance
      will sooner or later have Biafra all over the place.

    • abu

      Please which school, did you graduate from.
      you don’t even understand simple English expression. he meant the common or average people.
      please try and read in between the line before talking

      • Solomon Brown

        Drink bleach.