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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Nigerian are acepting we are trying our best - President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians are now accepting that his administration is doing its best for the people.

In a statement by Garba Shehu on Tuesday, January 16, the president said that Nigerians were now accepting the effort of his administration although grudgingly.

The president spoke while receiving The Gambian president, Mr. Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari noted that his administration took over from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has been in power for 16 years.

He said during that period, Nigerian earned more money than it has ever done.

President Buhari said the issue of unemployment was one his administration was focused on.

He said: "Sixty percent of the 180 million people are under 25 years. They all wish for a secure future. Those of them who are educated feel they are more qualified for employment.

"We have studied the problem and are doing our best to stabilise the situation.

''We took over from a party that had been in power for 16 years. During those years, the country earned an unprecedented amount of money as revenue, never seen at any time before.

"It is noteworthy that, no matter how grudgingly, the people are accepting that we are doing our best."

The president said it was a disappointment that that he and other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States had to use strong-arm tactics to get Yahya Jammeh, the former Gambian president out of office after failing to win re-election.

"We had to go through those actions because it was the only option for Nigeria and ECOWAS.

"We thank God for the role He allowed us to play in the Gambia. We believe in multi-party democracy. In Africa, it is absolutely necessary but for the system to work and one to come out of it clean, there is need for patience.

''Patience on the part of leaders is also necessary in view of ethnic and religious diversities that prevail. Leaders must be patient, hardworking and resourceful."


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