Score Card: PMB Hits Back At Critics, Says “I Have Done My Best”
*Scored Gov. Masari high, restated importance of Kano – Katsina – Maradi Rail Project
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the criticisms of his administration’s handling of the prevailing problems in the country as baseless.
Buhari’s comment came after Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, scored high the Federal Government, particularly the President, for bailing out state governments, execution of various projects and social intervention programmes that had not only saved almost all states from dire situations but were contributing to uplifting the quality of lives of Nigerians.
The President, who spoke extempore at the presidential banquet hall, Government House Katsina, shortly after commissioning several projects executed by the state and federal government in Katsina yesterday, challenged his critics, especially the elite, to conduct research on state of the nation from 1999 to 2014 and between 2015 to 2023.
“I promised to do my best and I have done my best and whatever Is my best, history will be the judge,” he declared.
The President, who was confident that posterity would be kind to him, lamented that he was however helpless over criticisms because he sought the presidency thrice before he emerged victorious.
On insecurity, Buhari boasted: “We are defeating Boko Haram as we are defeating all our enemies.”
Apparently irked by criticism over Kano – Katsina – Maradi rail project, he warned that the need for the project and similar initiatives could not be overemphasized in order to ensure harmonious relationship between Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
He insisted that the rail project had nothing to do with tribal affinity between Hausa – Fulani including the Kanuris in Nigeria and Niger but a lot to do with national interest.
Peeved by the vehement opposition to the rail project, Buhari declared: “If you’re not friendly with your neighbour, you must be stupid.”
Earlier, Governor Masari highlighted the significance of the projects commissioned by the President, while recounting their successes in the last nearly eight years in power.