HUNDREDS of protesters aligned to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, Tuesday locked down a section of the Three Arms Zone in Abuja in demonstration against some partisans they accused of trying to derail the administration.
The protesters who walked unmolested from the popular Unity Fountain in Maitama to the entrance of the Presidential Villa said, “Nigeria can only change when we support the government and do our bit and not allow ourselves to be used as agents of destruction and political thuggery.”
Addressing the crowd of protesters, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal said those fighting the Buhari administration are those who benefited immensely from past proceeds of corruption and that no one can take Nigeria back to Jonathan Days after President’s eight years.
Lawal said though some of the critics want the president dead, they would instead die before him, adding that by the time Buhari finishes his eight-year tenure of two terms, nobody would be able to take Nigeria back to 2015. “Shamelessly, they accused the president of not performing. And in fact, some of them wished him dead. But, I can assure you that by the grace of God, he will outlive all of them”, Lawal declared.
While stating that government was on top of the current situation in the country, the SGF said, “as much as we understand the challenges that we are facing, there is no cure without medicine. It is for no reason that quinine is very bitter, but after you have taken it, you get well”. He however conceded that the president never envisaged the challenges, promising an economic turn-around in the next one year. “Baba Buhari did not anticipate the problem that we are in.
I am sure you are all aware. The people who caused this problem are the one challenging the government. I tell you that they will fail in the name of God. In fact, they have failed. You are aware of the economy that the president inherited, the economy in which revenue has virtually collapsed.
The infrastructure is nowhere to be seen. The roads were dilapidated. The schools were dilapidated. The hospitals were abandoned. The people who caused it are not worried at all. – Vanguard
— Feb 14, 2017 @ 17:45 GMT