Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has taken a swipe at former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, suggesting that they presided over the near destruction of the country.
Buhari made this statement in his independence day address on Thursday.
Nigeria celebrated 60 years since independence and Buhari took the opportunity to point out the achievements of his administration while also laying out the plans for the future.
He however took offense to those from previous administration who constantly criticize his efforts at governing the country.
He said, “No government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources. We have managed to keep things going in spite of the disproportionate spending on security.
“Those in the previous Governments from 1999 – 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticize our efforts.”
Buhari also talked about the recent hike in price of fuel, saying it is what ‘a responsible government must do’.
“We sell now at N161 per litre. A comparison with our neighbours will illustrate the point; Chad which is an oil producing country charges N362 per litre.
“Niger, also an oil producing country sells 1 litre at N346. In Ghana, another oil producing country, petroleum pump price is N326 per litre.
“…Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre. It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia,” Buhari noted.