Against agitation back home in Nigeria, that present government was clueless of the country challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised Nigerians staying outside the country shore, that his administration would not take advantage of diaspora’s trust and confidence.
Buhari, who spoke in London Sunday while receiving his Diaspora Support Organization, led by Charles Efe Sylvester, said that despite the country numerous human and resources, his government has not been able to fix the nation challenges due past leaders mismanagement of the nations wealth.
He noted that Nigeria was endowed with tremendous human and natural resources, but that failure of leadership has been making difficult for the present administration to improve citizens living condition.
The president explained that damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, and that government was doing its best to recover some of the loot.
According to him, it was impossible to identify and recover all.
“I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it,” President Buhari said.
“We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won’t be abused,” Buhari added
“If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses. You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned.
“The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.” the President said.
He commended the Organization for identify with the country when its members could have remain oversea and stay comfortable.
On part of Sylvester, the group was satisfied with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting:
“You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“We are proud of the speed with which you recovered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals. We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.”