President Muhammadu Buhari’s electoral victory in 2015 saved Nigeria from an imminent total collapse, the Presidency declared on Thursday.
The Presidency, in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, noted that the Buhari-led administration had moved the country forward and scored major development goals in the three specific areas of intervention that the President identified as priorities when sworn in.
According to the statement, President Buhari had identified security, economy and fifth against corruption as the three fronts of intervention his administration would focus on, adding that it had achieved success in virtually all endeavours, adding that wherever it had yet to achieve total completion, it would be work in progress.
“May 29, 2020, marks the end of the first year of the second four-year term of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, and the fifth year of the government in office.
“Between May 29, 2015, when it was inaugurated for the first term, and now, the Buhari administration has made salutary impact in almost all the facets of Nigerian life.
“The government swept into office on the wings of Change, and that change has been wrought in nearly all phases of national life. Where the lofty goals are yet to be attained, it is work in progress, and eyes are firmly fixed on the ball. No distraction.
“The three umbrella areas on which government based its interventionist agenda are: security, reviving the economy (with particular emphasis on job creation, especially for youths), and fighting corruption. In these three areas, where we are today cannot be compared with where we used to be”, the statement said.
It noted that the situation, security-wise, in the country, by the time Buhari was being sworn-in in 2015, the whole country was in disarray and was at the verge of total collapse.
“By May 2015, insecurity had badly fractured the fabric of the nation. No one could wager that the country would survive the next month, not to talk of another year. Bombs went off like firecrackers, insurgents ran riot round the country, other forms of crime and criminality held sway. Life was nasty, brutish and short.
“Over five years, the battle has been taken to insurgents and criminals. And they are being extinguished by the day, and very close to complete extirpation”, it noted.
Economy-wise, the statement said “the economy, long dependent on a mono product – petroleum, is being retooled, refocused, with diversification as a task that must be accomplished.
Agriculture has been given a fillip, manufacturing has got a shot in the arm, and solid minerals are contributing a large chunk to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The country is very close to food security, with rice, beans, maize, millet, and all sorts of grain no longer imported. We now eat what we grow.
Also speaking on the anti-corruption crusade, the Presidency noted that the administration had driven a new orientation into the psyche of Nigerians
“On the war against corruption, no quarter is asked, and none is given. Commit the crime, do the term. No retreat, no surrender.
“Facts speak for themselves. And that is what we present at this auspicious season of the fifth anniversary of the Buhari administration. Facts are stubborn things, no matter how anybody tries to deny, distort or deride them”, it said.