President Muhammadu Buhari has again asked the citizens to focus on the past governments in the country for the woes Nigeria is passing through today.
Speaking during an interview session on ARISE TV early on Thursday, the president said that past governments of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) earned so much revenues, especially in the oil sector, but rather than using those money to develop the country, the previous governments wasted the resources.
News Break recalled that an audit report in December, 2018 by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) revealed that Nigeria earned as much as $677.9 billion, between 1999 and 2016, a period of 18 years, from the sale of crude oil produced from oil fields in the Niger Delta region.
Buhari wanted Nigerians to trace the genesis of the woes to the PDP governments and see that he is doing his best to put the country back to life even in the face of dwindling revenue earnings.
“The previous governments earned more with nothing on ground. Did you ask them where they kept our money? If I knew where, maybe I would not borrow. They sold oil at $100, we sell at $25 sometimes. They wasted money on power, no light, no road, no rail. We are the ones constructing bridges, building roads and rails.
“Today, I’m commissioning Lagos/Ibadan Railway, I will commission Lagos/Ibadan Expressway later, I will commission more across the country. No country can survive without infrastructures,” Buhari said.
On the problem of herdsmen are having with their host communities which has resulted in the lost of many lives, especially in the southern part of the country, the president said he has been doing his best to secure the country, but he is castigating state governors for not living up to expectations in the area of security. He wants them to redirect their energy and resources at their disposal to maintain security in their various domains
He said: “Two southwest governors came to me to say cattle rearers were destroying farms in their states, I asked them what happened to the grassroots security panels from traditional rulers to local governments who meet regularly to identify the root of their problems and identify crooks within their environment. Who destroyed this system? Go back and fix it, give your people sense of belongings.
“I don’t like it when people campaign to become governors and people trusted them with their votes and after winning, they can’t perform, they’re trying to push responsibilities to others.
“We have three tiers of government, Federal, State and Local. We have killed the Local Government totally. We will send N300m as allocation to a Local Government, one governor will ask the local government chairman to sign that he collected N300m, but he will give him N100m and the chairman will keep quiet…, is that how we will continue?”