President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling party on Tuesday. Below are seven interesting quotes from the speech:
1. President Buhari believes that the APC is the party of the Nigerian people, and here is his proof:
“From our resounding victory in 2015, to gubernatorial elections in Kogi, Edo and Ondo as well as much improved showing in Anambra Elections. APC is the Party of Government and now the Party of the Nigerian people.“
Later in the speech, the president returns to this theme:
“Above all, we must pay tribute to the Nigerian people. They still massively support the government in spite of distractions from exponents of “business-as-usual”.
2. Although at least 110 girls are currently in Boko Haram captivity, failed by the government and the security agencies, Pres. Buhari believes that the ruling party has stopped Boko Haram. His argument is that no country can ever completely prevent terror attacks. It is the same argument former Pres. Goodluck Jonathan used to make for which he was consistently lampooned by the then opposition APC.
Buhari gave credit to “our Armed Forces, Police and other Security Agencies for stopping Boko Haram in its tracks and driving them from their bases. No country, however well secured, can prevent isolated acts of terror as we have seen in America, Europe, Asia and here in Africa.”
3. President Buhari congratulates himself
“I am happy to report that slowly and steadily we have managed to stabilize the country and re-direct the ship of the State. We have restored prudence to the management of public finances. Confidence in Nigeria has been restored. On February 23rd, Nigeria issued 12 year and 20 year Eurobond on the international market, which were both oversubscribed. The 12 year bond was within days subscribed by 332%. The 20 year bond was subscribed by 372%. We have stabilized the Naira, increased our foreign reserves from US$20 billion to US$40 billion. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all indices towards a stronger economy.“
4. Support the work of the “respected” Bola Tinubu:
“As we all know, elections are looming on the horizon, we must therefore get our act together. Accordingly, I implore asesull members of the Party to give the Asiwaju Committee full cooperation to resolve differences existing amongst our members in the States affected. It is perhaps inevitable that there would be differences of opinion within the Party. If we didn’t have differences we wouldn’t be a genuinely democratic Party. But we must not lose sight of our common purpose as a new Party to break the mould of Nigerian politics and take the country to new heights. Therefore, we have asked our respected Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead this process of restoring order to the ranks, manage differences and strengthen the Party.“
5. Despite how well Pres. Buhari says his administration has performed, he admitted that many are not impressed with the pace of the government. But that’s not really his fault because he had had to do a lot of digging, he said (amongst other excuses).
“I must acknowledge that the pace of government has not met the expectations of many within our Party. But few of us knew or appreciated the depth of the hole when we took office. Thus we spent the last two years digging the country out of the mess we met. Furthermore, the stand-off between the Executive and the National Assembly slowed the process of government. We are working hard to resolve the differences so that the country can move forward.“