‘Be fair in your criticism,’ Buhari tells Nigerian elite


By Muhammed Saheed

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, charged critics of his government particularly the nation’s elite, to be prudent enough in their criticism.

He urged the elites castigating his administration to reflect on the state of things when he was elected to office and the available resource.

This was gathered in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

President Buhari made the call while receiving the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The statement was titled “Criticise us fairly, President Buhari appeals to Nigerian elite.”

The statement reads in part: “Those criticizing the administration should be fair in terms of reflecting on where we were before we came, where we are now and what resources are available to us and what we have done with the limited resources.

“We had to struggle paying debts, investing in road repairs and rebuilding, to revamp the rail and try to get power.

“This is what I hope the elite when they want to criticize will use to compare notes.”

President Buhari also commented on the security situation in the North East.

He said, “What was the situation when we came? Try and ask people from Borno or from Adamawa for that matter and Yobe. What was the condition before we came and what is the condition now?

“Still, there are problems in Borno and Yobe, there are occasional Boko Haram problems, but they know the difference because a lot of them moved out of their states and moved to Kaduna, Kano and here (in Abuja).

“We were not spared of the attacks at a time. The government is doing its best and I hope that eventually, our best will be good enough.”


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