- Ignore Buhari’s scorecard, says Obasanjo’s coalition’s spokesman
Olalekan Adetayo and Eniola Akinkuotu
The Presidency on Friday said it had released a document outlining the policy and programme achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration since its inception three years ago.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the 41-page document highlights the administration’s successes in the economy, security and the fight against corruption which are the three priorities of the government’s change agenda.
The statement read in part, “The document is organised into the following sections: Resetting the Economy; Restoring Growth, Growing What We Eat, Making Business Work, Doing More With Less, Investing In People, New Vision for the Niger Delta, Plugging Leakages and Justice Reforms.
“The factsheet, which will be updated regularly, showcases improving economic indices, rising investment in agriculture and infrastructure, successes in the fight against terrorism, and ongoing efforts to improve security in the North Central.
“In addition, it lists the several measures taken to promote transparency and accountability in government finances,”
According to highlights of the document contained in the statement, Nigeria’s economy is back on the path of growth under Buhari, after the recession of 2016-17 (1.95 percent growth in Q1 2018).
It added that the present administration’s priority sectors-agriculture and solid minerals maintained consistent growth throughout the recession.
In his reaction, the spokesman for the Obasanjo-led Coalition for Nigeria Movement, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, said Nigerians should ignore the ‘so-called’ scorecard as the Buhari administration was notorious for lies and propaganda.
Osuntokun said the genuine scorecard of the Buhari administration was contained in the report issued by the National Bureau of Statistics which states that unemployment and national debt are at an all-time high.
He said claims by the Buhari administration that tax generation and customs revenue were at an all-time high were misleading because the naira had been devalued by 50 per cent between 2015 and today.
Osuntokun said, “They can make any kind of claims especially in the area of agriculture but one thing that is verifiable is the NBS which issues reports on all these macro-economic indices. This is more accurate than anything the Presidency says.”
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