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President Muhammadu Buhari says he felt like “absconding” after seeing the enormity of the challenges facing the country when he assumed office in May 2015.

He was speaking on Thursday during a parley with participants of the Senior Executive Course 38 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) at the state house in Abuja.

He again blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Nigeria’s economic woes.

Buhari said: “For 16 years and eight consecutive governments of the other party… there was unprecedented revenue realised, the oil projection which can be verified was 2.1 million barrels per day. From 1999-2015 the average cost of each Nigerian barrel of oil was $100 per barrel.

“When we came it fell to less than $30 per barrel and is now between 40 and 50. Actually I felt like absconding because 27 out of 36 states in Nigeria cannot pay salaries and we know they have no other source than to depend on salaries.

“And I asked any savings? I was told there were no savings. And I asked what have you done on agriculture, power, rails, roads? Nothing. You know more than I do because you move around. I have not been moving around since after elections but you do. How many of the Trunk A (federal) roads are still good enough?

“How much power do we have although there are some elements of sabotage. I was told the money was users to import food and fuel. I didn’t believe the answer and I still don’t believe it. Until now substantial number of people in the east eat garri and groundnut, in the west pounded yam, cassava, vegetables, in the north tuwo which is made from any of the grains, millet, sorghum. They eat it in the night and warm it in the morning and eat it and take fura dinunu in the afternoon. How many of those people can afford foreign food?

“Then they said I should check out the petroleum sector. The legislature dedicated 445,000 barrels per day to the refineries and that is just 60 per cent of our requirements.

“I said OK, what of the 40 per cent? The marketers that are bringing it just present documents, papers are just stamped and monies are taken away. This is the type of things that the Nigerian elites are doing for our own country. When you go back look at your colleagues and encourage them to be truly Nigerians.”


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  1. Previous leaders has truly not shown love for our country Nigeria.

  2. Puhahahahahahahhahahaha..mr change pls restore us to where we were before u took over

  3. Never too late to abscond. It's better you do that than leave office with disgrace and bad reputation. Nigerians are tired of making too much reference to the past and cost of crude oil. Are more interested in the price for crude oil or to fix the country with the resources at your disposal? If you are in Aso Rock to mourn then leave and return back to Daura and let somebody take over from you. Simple.

  4. it cud have been better u abscond than u staying behind. u have done worse than any president. mallam cattle farm

  5. If you are going to end like this, it should ve been better to sbscond.

  6. So you have been contesting every elections and warming up for dogs and baboons to be soaked in blood each time you lose only to want to abscond now that you ere handed the position? It shows that you never had any real or true plans, policy and agenda but was driven by sinister motives.
    However, before you abscond you have to restore what you have totally destroyed and messed up.
    Change Dole!
    Sai Baba!
    Sai Daura!
    Sai Kyari!
    Sai Aisha!
    Sai Oyegun!
    Sai Tinubu!
    Sai Atiku!
    Sai El Rufai!
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    Sai Amaechi!
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    Chanji Dole!

  7. Gorefill group spokesmanNovember 5, 2016 at 6:05 AM

    The presidency is not a place for excuses and making blames..its a seat meant for persons who are ready to to take responsibility and move the nation forward,its a shame u seek the people's sympathy while u busy making unwholesome international trips and detaining ur critics ... Buhari the level of your incompetence as president is disgusting

  8. Every time you say pdp ruined this country in the last 16yrs but your corruption fight only ends in Jonathan's administration. Are you afraid of obasanjo who is the grandfather of corruption. Why not look into his administration too? Your fight against corruption is lopsided.


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