President Muhammadu Buhari resumed at his office in the presidential villa for the first time on Monday and held a meeting with the state house Press corps, thanking them in advance for the “good and ill” he would face in their hands.
Buhari told the journalists that he inherited a “virtually empty treasury” with debts running into hundreds of millions of dollars and appealed to the media to explain the true position to Nigerians so that “they won’t match on us”.
Buhari described the inability to pay workers in the country as a disgrace, blaming it on bad management.
While calling on the media to cooperate with his administration, President Buhari said he choose Femi Adesina to be his Adviser because he is “one of the best.”
“It is not by accident that I got the best of you to be the special adviser, one of the 15 aides I had to get clearance from the Senate. He is one of the best Presidents of the guild that I can have as special advisers. I brought one of the best of you so that he can consistently defend me against you.
“Whether my job is a difficult one or easy it is up to him, but I’m here to thank you in advance for what good and ill you are going to do to me.
“I have to quickly come and see you and welcome you to this place. I hope what happened of recent between the former president and one of you (the seizure of the accreditation of the Radio Germany reporter) will not happen between me and you.
“I hope we are starting and this culture developed, of 100 days is bringing so much pressure with treasury virtually empty, with debts in millions of dollars, with state workers and even federal workers not paid their salaries. It is such a disgrace for Nigeria. I think Nigeria should be in a position to even pay its workers. This bad management that we find ourselves in, we really need your help to protect us from people before they match on us,” he said.