Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Buhari fears Nigerians revolt after 100 days in office, seeks media support

President Muhammadu Buhari has decried the culture of 100 days in office for political office holders, which mounts lot of pressures even as he expressed fear of revolt by Nigerians, thus seeking media support, reports ITRealms.

Speaking to State House correspondents, Monday, on his first official day in his office, barely 25 days after assumption of office, lamented that the culture of 100 days in office has not been helpful as there are lots of pressure to make a mark within this period.

“This culture of 100 days ‘in office’ is bringing so much pressure with treasury virtually empty, with debts in millions of dollars, with state workers and even federal workers not being paid their salaries. This is such a disgrace for Nigeria. I think Nigeria should be in a position to at least pay its workers. This bad management that we find ourselves in, we really need your help to protect us from people before they march on us,” he asserted.

Buhari also disclosed that he inherited an empty treasury from his predecessor, which corroborated assumption that Nigeria was broke and may need of a bailout in spite of being the sixth largest producer of crude oil in the world. 

He expressed concern that indebtedness by the government which run into millions of dollars is a worrisome situation, stressing that its disheartening to note that states and federal workers are owed salaries.

This, he feared may cause a lot of disaffection among Nigerians and invariably lead to peoples’ revolt, although he assured that with the relevant cooperation from the citizens, mostly the media, these challenges are resolvable.

He reiterated that the culture of assessing government’s performance in the first 100 days in office was putting extensive pressure on him considering the effects of the mismanagement he allegedly inherited.

President Buhari, accompanied by the duo of Adesina and his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted it was not by accident or error that he appointed one of the best journalists in the country, Mr. Femi Adesina, as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

He pointed out that whether Adesina’s job would be easy or not would depend entirely on him, but was hopeful that what happened recently under former President Goodluck Jonathan when a State House correspondent was expelled would not happen under his administration.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)  

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