I will Use Our Resources Equitably- Buhari
By Philip Nwelih
President Muhammadu Buhari has again stressed that his administration will use the nation's resources judiciously to build public infrastructure.
He made the promise on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa Abuja, during a Christmas Homage by residents of the Federal Capital Territory.
While thanking Nigerians and FCT residents for their support, President Buhari regretted that dwindling oil revenue and mismanagement of the nation's resources by past regimes have slowed down the pace of development.
He stressed that if infrastructure is fixed, Nigerians will be comfortable.
‘This administration sincerely believes that if you get infrastructure right, most Nigerians will mind their own businesses. They may not even care who is in government.
‘‘But when you deny them infrastructural facilities then there is nothing they can do. But I can assure you that I thank Nigerians very much from the bottom of my heart.
‘‘When I travelled to all the 36 states before the elections, what I personally observed and the number of Nigerians that turned up in every State to see and listen to me, are more than what anybody can pay or force. What I saw made me believe that the majority of Nigerians understand and sympathize with me”, he said.
President Buhari urged the FCT Minister and his delegation to always interface with their constituents and to highlight the efforts of his administration to improve a lot of Nigerians.
In a welcome remark, leader of the delegation and FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello said residents have every course to be thankful for the outgoing year, especially with the 2019 general elections and the passage of the 2020 budget in record time.
“We thank God for bringing us this far, we started 2019 with a lot of hope and a lot of challenges. A year ago when we came, we had elections before us. We were faced with a lot of challenges from within and without from parties that never wished the nation well.
”By the grace of God campaigns were completed successfully, by the grace of God inauguration was done successfully, by the grace of God we celebrated June 12 as our new Democracy Day.
“All these many people thought they could not have come to pass. By the grace of God, the ninth Assembly was inaugurated and the leadership of the assembly was elected, by the grace of God the budget was passed and signed into law. All these we need to reflect and thank God for all we have been able to achieve under your able leadership.
He stressed that the government will work to improve security as well as infrastructure in the FCT.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of two giant Christmas cards to the President.