By Chinenye Festus:-
Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed has frowned at what he described as Nigerians ‘being so ungrateful’ to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who he said has accomplished much with little resources.
Mohammed revealed this on Tuesday at a special forum organized by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The minister maintained that no government in Nigeria’s history has accomplished what the Buhari led administration has done despite dwindling resources; no government in the history of Nigeria has implemented programmes alleviating poverty among women and vulnerable groups as well as created jobs for the youth as the Buhari administration had done.
The minister said:
“My regret in this government is that Nigerians have failed to appreciate that the government is doing much more with much less. 2010 to 2014, crude oil was selling from $100 to $140 per barrel, but the highest we have sold since we came in is $60,”
“Sometimes at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic, we were even paying for storage because nobody wanted to take our crude. With the drop in revenues and security challenges this government has not retrenched one person but put in place programmes to cushion the effects of the pandemic.”
Nigerians have failed to give credit to various intervention programmes of the government such as the School Feeding Programme, with no fewer than 12.8 million pupils reportedly getting one free meal a day to develop their mental capacity, he said.
The minister condemned the attitude of Nigerians who celebrate negative developments but fail to appreciate the efforts of the government, said it is hurting.
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