Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has asked his aides and ministers to rigorously defend his administration, saying he is proud of his achievements. This was part of his conclusive paragraphs in a retreat held with the ministers to drive home the economy of the largest black nation in the world. His words:
“I have to charge all of you to defend the Government vigorously and not allow irresponsible and politically motivated activists to keep spreading patent falsehoods about this government. Information to the public should be better packaged. Go on the offensive. We are proud of our achievements and we should blow our own trumpets.
Let me also reiterate that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channelled through the Chief of Staff while all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
I have directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, and all other required Agencies to ensure speedy and timely release of funds to MDAs for implementation of the N2.3 Trillion Economic Sustainability Plan and the Capital Projects in the 2020 Budget.
I also enjoin Ministers to ensure that funds released are utilized efficiently and transparently in implementing the programmes and projects along the 9 Priorities of Government.
I am hereby charging Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and all Heads of Parastatals to be continuously conscious of their commitments and responsibilities.
On behalf of the people of Nigeria, I demand the uttermost level of performance, deliverables, and results.
I look forward to a result-oriented year, with tremendous benefits that will continue to change the lives of our people positively.
I thank you for your attention and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”