The Presidency has released major achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari with the appeal to former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Ghali Na’Abba, to be less critical of the administration.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made the appeal to Na’Abba in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.
The presidential aide, who was reacting to Na’Abba’s media interview on President Buhari, said the appeal had become imperative to change his (Na’Abba) negative opinions as published by a media…
Na’Abba had during an interview with a TV presenter, Osasu Igbinedion, vowed not to support Buhari in his bid to be re-elected in the forthcoming presidential election slated for February, 2019.
The former speaker, who also revealed that Buhari had alerted members of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Party (APC) in Nov. 2017 of his intention to seek re-election, said his decision not to support the president was due to alleged Buhari’s failure “ to add even an inch of value to democracy’’.
However, Shehu, who narrated Buhari’s achievements, urged Na’Abba to spare time and study them in order for him to change his negative impression.
According to Shehu, “Nigeria exited its worst recession in decades. After five quarters of negative growth, the economy bounced back into positive territory. Agriculture was one of the stars of 2017, posting consistent growth levels even throughout the recession….
On the claim by Na-Abba that the president has not added value to democracy in three years, Shehu said: “The sense we have is that the Honorable speaker was confusing the political environment as had existed in the past, with this period when the President has shown a total commitment to the independence of the two arms of government, namely the Parliament and the Judiciary.
The charge that democracy was now being undermined, he said, had no basis against President Buhari’s impeccable democratic credentials. (NAN)