The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has attributed the current situation of Nigeria on the failure of the past administration to save, stressing that when oil price crashed there was no savings to fall back to.
Adesina made the claim when he featured on Channels Television programme: “Seriously Speaking”.
Admitting that the present situation of things in the country is very tough, Adesina maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari is sure of where he is leading the country to, expressing optimism that his principal would eventually “steer the ship in the right direction”.
Insisting that the problems Buhari inherited were underestimated, the Presidential spokesman said, “We all must agree that the enormity of the problem was underestimated. John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that; Segun Oni, former governor of Ekiti state, has said that too.
“Whoever thought that Nigeria had been run into a hole like we have now seen! There was façade that made you feel that everything was okay with the country, but the country was in a hole. As of November 2014, the average income of Nigeria for a month was $3.2 billion. By June, July 2015, it dropped to $500 million.
“You couldn’t have foreseen that because nobody knew that the crash of oil price would have such effect and when the crash came, the next thing was to say: ‘Where are the savings?’ But we looked and found nothing. So, it was real trouble.
“This administration is not the type that will manipulate, that will twist issues, whatever you hear us say, just take it that we mean it. The good thing about the president is his integrity. He also means well.
“If you have your doubts about the captain of a ship and you run into a storm, you begin to panic. But if you know that this captain is tested, he is seasoned, and he will not abandon the ship, then you will stay with him.
“I will like to tell Nigerians that the captain of our ship, the president is someone who knows where he is going. He knows where he is steering the ship to. It may be tempestuous for now, we will get to a safe harbour.”
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