Updated: March 7, 2021
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, defended his administration on Thursday, amid growing criticisms that he has failed to fight corruption and defeat Boko Haram.
“From the very time we came until now, we have been able to do our best, and we remain focused on delivering on our promises,’’ Mr. Buhari said while receiving a delegation from King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
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Why it matters: Mr. Buhari came to power in 2015 spitting fire and vowing to defeat Boko Haram and kill corruption before it kills Nigeria. But so far, he appears to have failed. Just weeks ago, at least 110 girls were kidnapped from their school in the northern state of Yobe while several humanitarian aid workers were killed by Boko Haram in Rann, Borno state. Many seem to be losing hope that the retired Major-General who talks tough but achieves litle can take Nigeria from chaos to paradise.
But Mr. Buhari said on Thursday that his administration was mindful of the three-pronged promises made to Nigerians before the 2015 elections and assured that he remained undeterred and focused on securing the lives and properties of all Nigerians, according to a statement from the presidency.
President Buhari told the Saudi Arabian delegation that the priority of his administration had so far been on securing the country, buoying the economy and curbing corruption so that Nigerians would start benefitting from the rich natural and human resources of the country.
The President expressed appreciation to the King Salman Aid and Relief Centre, and the Saudi Development Fund for providing relief materials, worth 10 million dollars, to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East.
In his remarks, the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Dan-Ali said the delegation from Saudi Arabia had already visited the Ministry of Defence, Defence Headquarters and taken a tour of IDP camps in Maiduguri as part of their schedule.
The Leader of the Saudi Arabian delegation from King Salman, Nasser Bin Mutlaq, said the visit and the donation of materials was an extension of the good relations both countries had shared over the years.
“We are directed to offer materials and food for the displaced persons in the North East worth 10 million dollars. We have had a field visit to the places and seen the humanitarian situation ourselves,’’ he added.