In apparent reaction to comments credited to former President Goodluck Jonathan last week, President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government was not based on lies and propaganda, saying his successes in key areas of his campain promises eloquently speak of his government’s big achievements.
The president made the statement at the opening ceremony of a two-day Nigerian Governors’ Forum Media Conference for Media Handlers of States’ Chief Executives held in Abuja on Monday, where he was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
While playing host to Prof. Tunde Adeniran, a Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) National Chairmanship candidate, in Abuja last Thursday, the former president had alleged that Buhari’s government ‘deploys propaganda and lies at a professional level’, saying the government never recorded any major success since taking over power on May 29, 2015.
Buhari, however, desribed the comment as sad, wondering why some Nigerians do like to promote fake news.
He noted that since the inception of his government, it has delivered on promises in broad areas that fall within his major campaign points – security, fight agaisnt corruption, and the economy.
These, he added, have resulted in massive provision of infrastructure, ease of doing business and diversification of the country’s revenue sources, among others.
“Those who accused this administration of ‘propaganda and lies’ in the fuel supply sector, for example, did not tell Nigerians that whereas they paid between N800bn and N1.3tn as ‘subsidy’ yearly in their time, without making the products available even at regulated prices, this administration is not paying any subsidy, yet all products are currently available at competitive prices and fuel queues are now history.
“In their time, they paid subsidy of N3.7bn daily in 2011; N2.2bn daily in 2012 and 2013, and 2.5bn in 2014, all for products that were never available.
“Those who accused this government of ‘propaganda and lies’ also said we have not achieved anything in the power sector. Comment is free; facts are sacred, as they say. When this administration assumed office on 29 May, 2015, available power on the grid totalled 2,690MW, transmission capacity was around 5,000MW and distribution capacity was 4,000MW.
“As of September 4, 2017, the available power that can be put on the grid was 6,619MW; the transmission capacity was simulated at 6,700MW (up from 5,000 MW in 2015) but the distribution capacity was 4,600MW, which was what was put on the grid. On September 12, 2017, production of power reached an all-time level of 7,001MW.’’ the president added.