- President Buhari is physically and mentally healthy, Chris Ngige has said
- The minister said Nigerians should count themselves blessed to have Buhari as their leader
- He called on the southeast to support Buhari's presidency for 2019
Dr Chris Ngige who is the minister of labour and productivity has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is healthier than 80% of Nigerians.
Daily Independent reports that the minister of labour and productivity said that contrary to what some people believed, the president was not too old but rather matured for leadership.
He noted that when Malaysia was in trouble politically and economically, it Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, a 90-year old to lead it as prime minister.
“That man (Buhari) you see there is healthier than 80 percent of Nigerians. I’m a medical doctor, I can tell you authoritatively that he is healthier than most people who see his health as an issue.
“He sits for over eight hours during our executive meetings. While some of us would be going for tea break to stretch our legs, Mr President would sit on his seat continuously, drinking only water.
“I can tell you authoritatively as a medical doctor of over three decades standing that Mr President is physically and mentally healthy. He is healthier than eighty percent of Nigerians.”
He said Nigerians should count themselves blessed to have Buhari as their leader as age and experience were two indices the president had.
On the alleged marginalisation of the Igbo, Ngige urged the people to shun such thought. He said: “There’s nothing that is being shared by the Buhari government that is not equitably done. Buhari has five flagship projects; Lagos-Ibadan to Ilorin Mambila Power Plants; Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Highway; Second Niger Bridge and East West roads.
“You can see how it was shared. So, how are you(Igbo) left out, why are you crying marginalization, why are you crying wolf when there is none and it is this mentality that I’m telling you people that you have to come out from.
“So, all I’m saying in effect is that you(Igbo) must do political engineering; that’s the Igbos of the South East and the step to take forward is to support a Buhari presidency for 2019/2023 and vote for it with all their strengths. By so doing, they will not be left out in the power sharing that will come thereafter like was done at this period."
Meanwhile, the federal government on Monday, August 13, assured Nigerians and the labour workforce that the new minimum wage will begin by the end of September.
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The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said federal government would announce the new minimum wage before the end of the third quarter which is September.
Tribune reports that Ngige while speaking at the 40th Anniversary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja said the federal government is aimed at determining a decent work agenda for Nigerians.
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