The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has on Tuesday stated that Nigerians have accepted the fact that his administration is doing its very best, even if such acceptance came grudgingly.
The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while receiving The Gambian President, Mr. Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stated that he successfully ousted a party that had been in power for 16 years.
He further added that during the period of the former political party, the country earned huge amount of revenue which the President said was unprecedented in the history of the country.
He further noted that his administration singled out unemployment as one of the biggest challenges facing the country.
He said: “Sixty percent of the 180 million people are under 25 years. They all wish for a secure future. Those of them who are educated feel they are more qualified for employment.
“We have studied the problem and are doing our best to stabilise the situation.
“We took over from a party that had been in power for 16 years. During those years, the country earned an unprecedented amount of money as revenue, never seen at any time before.
“It is noteworthy that, no matter how grudgingly, the people are accepting that we are doing our best.”
Buhari further expressed his disappointment at the strong-arm tactics employed by himself and other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States in ousting Yahya Jammeh, the former Gambian president out of office.
He added: “We had to go through those actions because it was the only option for Nigeria and ECOWAS.”
“We thank God for the role He allowed us to play in the Gambia. We believe in multi-party democracy. In Africa, it is absolutely necessary but for the system to work and one to come out of it clean, there is need for patience.
“Patience on the part of leaders is also necessary in view of ethnic and religious diversities that prevail. Leaders must be patient, hardworking and resourceful.”