Nigeria made so much money since 1999 but past governments ruined economy – Buhari/ President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria made so much money from 1999 to 2015, but was quick to add that the wealth was squandered as a result of poor management of the country’s wealth in these years.
Buhari, who disclosed this on Wednesday at the Emir of Kano’s palace when he paid Emir Muhammadu Sanusi homage as part of his two-day working visit to the state, asserted that past governments ruined the country’s economy.
He argued that the mismanagement of the economy is responsible for the lack of constant power, the present lack of infrastructures and the low quality of education in the country.
The President went on to state that “When I was the military head of state, I arrested many people and jailed them for alleged corruption and, in the end, I also ended in jail.
“Since I joined politics in 2003, I have contested for president three times but I could not get it right until during the fourth attempt in 20015. I was in court for 30 months challenging the 2007 elections and in 2011; I also spent 16 months in court,” and harped on the need for patience.
Buhari restated his administration’s readiness not to renege on his promise to fight corruption and sustain war against the deadly Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
He linked the success in clipping the wings of the insurgents to the support Nigeria has received from countries in the sub-region, including The Republic of Chad, Cameroun, Benin Republic and Niger.
In his response, the Emir of Kano assured the President of the support of the people of the emirate, for what he has been doing in the country and appreciated him for his visit, to commission projects executed by the Ganduje administration.
The monarch expressed hope that the President would be in the state before the end of next year, to commission projects executed by the federal government.
Buhari was later led to the commissioning of Giginyu General hospital, which was named after him, and a paediatric hospital at Zoo road.Buhari applauded the development stride of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, urging other Northern governments to emulate him.
Ganduje earlier reminded that in line with his vision to provide access and affordable health care services, he decided to complete the two ultra modern hospitals after several years of abandonment by successive governments.
He stated that the 250-bed Giginyu Hospital left at 30 per cent completion in the last 10 years cost N4.2 billion, while government invested about N3.7 billion in its completion as well as procurement of facilities.
 
 


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