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I’m surprised Nigerians are not clapping for President Buhari – Christ Ngige

Valentine Chinyem

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige on Sunday said, he is surprised Nigerians are not ‘clapping’ for President Muhammadu Buhari, for saving Nigeria’s economy.

The minister who said this in Onitsha, the Anambra State capital, told journalists that the All Progressives Congress (APC) met the country in ruins, when it took over from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.

Reminded that the general feeling was that Buhari had failed in areas of security and economy, Ngige said “Don’t just talk about that. We are wonderful with the economy; nobody, I mean no person would have done better than this present government in those two areas.

”I want you to take something away and that thing is that any other person handling this situation; economy, security, it would have been worse.

“We came in and oil nosedived to 37 dollars a barrel with a production of 600,000 per day, a drop from 2.2 million and yet we managed the economy out of recession.

“Nigerians should be clapping for us on daily basis, and after thanking God, they should thank us. Yes, because God has used Buhari and some of us to make Nigeria work.

Ngige noted that, the Buhari led administration has so far created over eight million jobs through agriculture and allied industries, while adding that previous governments were over dependent on oil money and failed to diversify the economy.

Nigeria now saves about $1.8bn annually from rice importation, thanks to the enabling environment the APC created, he said.

“We’ve encouraged people and said there is dignity in labour with the hand. Today, we are second to America in world production of sorghum; today, we are importing about four per cent of the rice needs of the country.

“Prior to that, this country was spending $5m daily on rice and about $1.8b annually on rice importation. And you don’t want to clap for us!,” he added.

He described those complaining against the Buhari government as ”loafers looking for appointments and air-conditioned jobs.”

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