You guessed right. He complained. Yet Again. About the Nigeria that he met.
It appears the President thinks that we do not listen when he speaks. Otherwise how do you explain this whole idea of saying the same thing over and over.
So this time it was in New York; before a group of Nigerian professionals in the Diaspora, whom Senior Special Assistant, Erelu Abike Dabiri described as “15 of the best people God ever created”. The purpose was to bring them up to speed with what is happening back home and here’s what he had to say:
“We got into trouble as a country, because we did not save for the rainy day. For example, between 1999 and 2015, when we produced an average of 2.1 million barrels of oil per day, and oil prices stood at an average of $100 per barrel, we did not save, neither did we develop infrastructure. Suddenly, when we came in 2015, oil prices fell to about 30 dollars per barrel.
“I asked; where are the savings? There were none. Where are the railways? The roads? Power? None. I further asked; what did we do with billions of dollars that we made over the years? They said we bought food. Food with billions of dollars? I did not believe, and still do not believe.
Well at least the tone is now inclusive. He says “we” throughout as opposed to “they”.
“Those who stole Nigeria dry are not happy. They recruited the militants against us in the Niger Delta, and began to sabotage oil infrastructure. We lose millions of barrels per day, at a time when every dollar we can earn, counts. It is a disgrace that a minimum of 27 states, out of 36 that we have in Nigeria, can’t pay salaries.
So “they” are the ones who set up the militants against the country? Militants who were already avenging before “they” left?
For goodness sake when will our Presidents stop blaming others for everything? Are ever going to see that tenure when a President just sucks it up and performs?
Anyway, here’s the rest of his speech. Should make for good Friday night laughs.
“But I prayed so hard for God to make me President. I ran in 2003, 2007, 2011, and in 2015, He did. And see what I met on ground. But I can’t complain, since I prayed for the job. In the military, I rose from 2nd Lieutenant to Major-General. I was military governor in 1975 over a state that is now six states. I was head of state, got detained for three years, and headed the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), which had N53 billion of that time in Nigerian banks.
“God has been very good to me, so I can’t complain. If I feel hurt by anybody, I ask God to help me forgive. He has done so much for me.
“After 16 years of a different party in government, no party will come and have things easy. It’s human. We need quality hands to run Nigeria, and we will utilize them. I will like to welcome you home when it’s time. But I’ll like you to be ready.”