The Presidency has claimed that Nigeria is the first country in the world to have recovered from the global recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, said this on Friday during an appearance on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily.
Shehu, while reacting to concerns raised by Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), who was also a guest on the programme, especially regarding insecurity in the country, said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing everything within its power to address the challenges.
Baba-Ahmed had said there are secessionist agitators in the country because of the state of Affairs, with reference to the comment by Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State governor and chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), that those calling for separation in the country are frustrated.
The presidential aide replied that Nigeria is currently managing a “COVID economy”, adding that oppositions are exploiting the challenges in the country to attack the Buhari-led administration.
“Of course, there are frustrations coming from many directions. For instance, most of the criticism of government and the economy is on the account of the fact that critics ignore that the fact that this is a COVID economy,” he said.
“Every economy in the world has been troubled because of covid and Nigeria is not in isolation. But when they chose to attack our administration, ad a matter of fact, Nigeria is doing so well managing covid that we earned the commendation of the United Nations.
“Only a week ago in India, the foreign minister was saying something about the good work our COVID machinery is doing. We are the first in Africa to come out of recession, in fact, the first in the world to come out of recession, arising from the competent and capable management of the economy by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Therefore, where there is mistake we are ready to accept, we’ll take correction, but give credit when it is due.”