I Almost Chickened Out Of Being President – Buhari

I Almost Chickened Out Of Being President – Buhari

By Ebenezer Olatunji | News Reporter on November 3, 2016
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Tompolo Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari | Getty Images

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he nearly absconded from office, when he discovered the financial constraints facing the country.

The president made this confession while addressing the Course 38 class of the National Institute of Police and Strategic Studies on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari used the opportunity, once again, to pass on the blame to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, saying that the main opposition party, perpetuated poverty in Nigeria for the 16 years that it was in power between 1999 to 2015.

He also blamed the current economic recession in Nigeria on the Goodluck Jonathan administration wondered what the PDP did with the oil revenue it, got saying that a barrel of oil was sold for $100 per barrel during the past administration.

“For 16 years and eight consecutive governments of the other party… there was unprecedented revenue realised, the oil projection which can be verified was 2.1 million barrels per day. From 1999-2015 the average cost of each Nigerian barrel of oil was $100 per barrel,” President Buhari said.

“When we came it fell to less than $30 per barrel and is now between 40 and 50. Actually I felt like absconding because 27 out of 36 states in Nigeria cannot pay salaries and and we know they have no other source than to depend on salaries.”

This statement contradicts the position of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC which recently accepted responsibility for the economic woes in the country.

Buhari also didn’t forget to rehash his promise to bring Nigeria out of recession and make it stronger than he met it.

Economic experts have placed the blame for the economic crisis in the country on the bad economic and fiscal policies of President Muhammadu Buhari and his failure to kickstart his government until after 6 months after his inauguration.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Buhari said: “For 16 years and eight consecutive governments of the other party… there was unprecedented revenue realised, the oil projection which can be verified was 2.1 million barrels per day. From 1999-2015 the average cost of each Nigerian barrel of oil was $100 per barrel.

    “When we came it fell to less than $30 per barrel and is now between 40 and 50. Actually I felt like absconding because 27 out of 36 states in Nigeria cannot pay salaries and and we know they have no other source than to depend on salaries.

    This monotonous point of lamentation from Mohammadu Buhari actually depicts a Man who presented himself successively for 13 good years for the oval office claiming to have the solution to all problems of the country, forgetting to attach the precondition that the prize of oil should remain 100 dollars on the average with a projection of 2.1 million barrels a day, which he is now bitterly regretting.
    Mr. Integrity Governments all over the world are not elected to inherit wealth, property and solutions to problems from their predecessors but rather are there to provide adequate solutions where their predecessors were shortcoming and to create wealth for the upkeep and welfare of its citizenry. Going into the second year in office, nothing less than how far you have gone to do these is expected of you anymore period. Otherwise the idea of absconding may just be more reasonable and still timely, than unwarranted excuses.
    Just for the reminder, many of those countries from whom you are soliciting for one form of aid or the other (Germany for instance etc.) do not even have oil well at all, yet remains one of the most robust economies of the world. The 18 million Euros Germany pledged you which your team could easily claim to be 18 billion Euros because you are used to easy money and inheritance, is going to come purely from task payers money nothing else.

  2. That is the reluctant messianic complex of a burgeoning big man.

    Point to him, he’s a dictator look good in make up.

    Know what he told us in 1984?

    He ‘regretted’ overthrowing Shagari, because he didn’t know that the rot was that bad! If he had known, they would have allowed Shagari to stay on and “stew in his own juice”!

    Now ‘they’ were saddled with “salvaging ” Nigeria!

    But what did they really do?

    They “savaged” us.

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