The Oasis Reporters
July 28, 2017
As the Federal Executive Council meets for months on end without president Buhari in the chambers, appointed ministers who are relishing their almost two years in office without a cabinet shake-up are flying a kite for the status quo to remain in a country with a president missing in action.
One of them, the Minister of Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, has declared that a four-year tenure is not enough for President Muhammadu Buhari to completely overhaul the Nigerian system.
Shittu made this known on Wednesday while featuring as a guest on the Breakfast Chat with South West Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) in Ibadan, Oyo State revealing that top supporters of the President are trying to convince him to seek re-election in 2019, in spite of the fact that Muhammadu Buhari’s 26 months in power so far, has seen him staying in London more than in Nigeria as he attends to his ailing health.
The Minister argued that Buhari has delivered on his campaign promise of tackling insurgency and other forms of criminal violence in the country, corruption and reviving the economy adding that he has recorded success in the three key areas. He made no mention of the murderous herdsmen killing farmers and wiping out villages in parts of the Middle belt and the South of the country.
Shittu said there is no need for Buhari to stop the good work he is doing, stressing that anybody can fall sick at any time as he expressed the confidence that Buhari would return to the country to continue his work.
“It is for the interest of Nigeria. We have had in this country series of administrations in the last 18 years. But what did we have to show for it? We know that Nigeria was brought to its knees by corruption,” he said.
“It is also because governance has not been focused on value added services. It has been an era of impunity. Impunity leads to disorderliness, lawlessness and cheating of the masses. But we have a President who committed himself to a three-point agenda of fighting corruption, insecurity and to repair the economy.
“Everybody will agree that the fight against corruption has been sustained and the era of impunity has been banished under President Buhari. Again, he has succeeded in routing out of Nigeria the element of violence, not only in the North East where Boko Haram held sway but also in the Niger Delta where militants had been restive.
“On the economy, President Buhari has blocked all loopholes through the Treasury Single Account (TSA) where corruption and funds due to Nigeria were siphoned. He has also introduced so many economic measures to try to stabilize the local currency, encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FID) into the country and get the economy on its feet.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians observe that under Mr. Buhari, Nigeria entered into the league of countries with double digit inflation and an unprecedented recession ever known in the country’s history. Job losses and factory closures have been the order of the day.