President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged the critics of his administration to be fair by considering the state of the nation before he took over in May 2015 and what has been done so far with ‘limited’ resources.
The Nigerian leader made the appeal when he received the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “Those criticising the administration should be fair in terms of reflecting on where we were before we came, where we are now and what resources are available to us and what we have done with limited resources.
“We had to struggle to pay debts, investing in road repairs and rebuilding, to revamp the rail and try to get power.
“This is what I hope the elite when they want to criticise will use to compare notes,” Buhari said, according to a statement made available by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
On security, the president who admitted the existence of what he referred to as “occasional Boko Haram problems,” applauded his administration’s effort in the war against insurgency in the North-East.
“What was the situation when we came? Try and ask people from Borno or from Adamawa for that matter and Yobe. What was the condition before we came and what is the condition now?
“Still, there are problems in Borno and Yobe, there are occasional Boko Haram problems, but they know the difference because a lot of them moved out of their states and moved to Kaduna, Kano, and here (Abuja).
“We were not spared of the attacks at a time. The government is doing its best and I hope that eventually, our best will be good enough,” he added.
Buhari further assured that the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons was paramount on the agenda of the government.
He said: “The people in IDP camps, the weak, aged, I feel sorry for the young because this is the time they are supposed to get an education.
“We must not allow this time to pass because it will never be regained. So, we are really interested in what is happening there and we are doing our best.”
The President applauded Reverend Pam on his appointment and peace-building mission across the country.
Earlier, Reverend Pam informed the President about some of the activities of the Commission since he was appointed in July 2020.
These include; organisation of Peace Summit on Southern Kaduna as well as peace-building efforts in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, and Nasarawa States.
He added that the Commission has proposed to host Christian religious leaders in a summit to help douse pressures within the polity, among other plans.