- President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians on Friday, June 12
- The nationwide broadcast was to commemorate the 2020 celebration of Democracy Day
- The president gave his government a pass mark, saying they have recorded achievements
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government has recorded notable achievements since coming into power in 2015.
The president made the comment while addressing Nigerians on Friday, June 12 to commemorate the 2020 celebration of Democracy Day, which marks 21 years of uninterrupted civil administration in Nigeria.
On his administration's efforts, the president said: “We have recorded notable achievements in the course of implementing our nine priority objectives and are establishing a solid foundation for future success.
“On the economic front, our objectives have remained to stabilize the macroeconomy, achieve agricultural and food security, ensure energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products, develop infrastructure, fight corruption and improve governance.
“We have witnessed eleven quarters of consecutive GDP growth since exiting recession. The GDP grew from 1.91% in 2018 to 2.27% in 2019 but declined to 1.87% in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the decline in global economic activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He reiterated that agriculture remains the key to his government's economic diversification strategy.
He also said Nigeria has risen by 25 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking from 146th to 131st and is now rated as one of the top ten reforming countries.
On transportation, the president said his administration is growing the stock and quality of Nigerian road, rail, air and water transport infrastructure.
In the oil and gas sector, he said his government is focusing on growing local content with the disbursement of funds from the $200 million Nigerian Content Intervention Fund to indigenous manufacturers and service providers.
In the area of security, President Buhari said ending insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminality across the nation is being accorded appropriate priorities by his government.
On the recent killings in some northern states, he said: “I regret recent sporadic incidents with the tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno states as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice.
“I must implore state and local governments to revamp their intelligence assets so that the security agencies can nip in the bud any planned attacks in remote rural areas. I send my heartfelt condolences to all the relatives and communities affected.”
On the rising cases of gender-based violence in the country, the president said: “I am particularly upset at recent incidents of rap*e, especially of very young girls. The police are pursuing these cases with a view to bringing perpetrators of these heinous crimes to swift justice.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the ninth National Assembly on their first year anniversary.
President Buhari in a short message posted by his media aide, Bashir Ahmad, on Wednesday, June 10, sent warm greetings to the leadership and members of the 9th Assembly.
He also extolled what he called “their sense of duty and diligence in handling issues related to the development of the country.”
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