The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of planting the seeds of Insecurity in Nigeria which the Buhari administration is trying hard to erase.
He said this while faulting the alarm raised by the former president that Nigeria was fast becoming a failed state under the Buhari administration.
“Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country,” Obasanjo had said during a seminar on Thursday.
Responding Lai Mohammed claimed that Buhari rescued Nigeria from being a failed state after a long stretch of rudderless leadership. He said the people who planted the seeds of destruction are the ones accusing the Buhari administration of failure.
According to Lai Mohammed;
“Buhari came into office at a time that a swathe of the country’s territory was under occupation, a period when many Nigerian towns and cities, including the capital city of Abuja, were a playground for insurgents and a moment that the nation’s wealth had been looted dry, with little or nothing to show for the nation’s huge earnings, especially. in the area of infrastructure.
“It is therefore a cruel irony that those who frittered away a great opportunity to put Nigeria on a sound socio-economic footing, at a time of financial buoyancy, and those who planted the seed of the insecurity in some parts of the country today, are the same ones pointing an accusing finger at a reformist government.
“Nigeria today faces a lot of challenges. But whatever situation the country has found itself in, things would have been much worse but for the deft management of resources, unprecedented fight against corruption, determined battle against insurgency and banditry as well as the abiding courage of Mr. President in piloting the ship of state.
“Nigeria today is not a failed state, but a nation that is courageously tackling its challenges and building a solid infrastructure that will serve as the basis for socio-economic development, a nation that is unrelenting in battling insecurity and working hard to ensure greatest prosperity for the greatest number of people.”
The Minister claimed further that in the history of Nigeria, no government had done so much with so little like the Buhari administration and the country is making progress on all fronts.
“They aggravate the national fault lines with their angry and unguarded actions and rhetoric, forgetting that while national fissures are amplified at a time of dwindling economic fortunes, what is needed to foster peace and unity is not reckless elocution but responsible and responsive leadership, the kind being offered by President Buhari,” Lai Mohammed concluded.