During yesterday’s Independence Day celebration, President Buhari highlighted on some issues facing Nigeria since the country’s return to democracy in 1999.
In particular, he blamed those who ran the country between 1999 and 2015, before he took over, saying they had presided over the almost complete destruction of the country.
Buhari pointed fingers at forrmer President Olusegun Obasanjo, the late Umar Yar’Adua and former President Goodluck Jonathan who led the country during this period.
The President said, “No government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources. We have managed to keep things going in spite of the disproportionate spending on security.
“Those in the previous governments from 1999 to 2015, who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticise our efforts. In the circumstances, a responsible government must face realities and take tough decisions.”
Buhari also admitted that the economy under his leadership is in crisis. However, he argued that the situation is the same in all economies of the world.
The President also acknowledged that there are several security challenges affecting parts of the Nigeria.
He stated, “Today, I am aware that our economy along with every single economy in the world is in crisis.
“We still face security challenges in parts of the country, while our society suffers from a high loss of moral rectitude which is driven by unbridled craving for political control.
Buhari complained that Nigerians have for far too long focused on controversial issues, he said, “An underlying cause of most of the problems we have faced as a nation is our consistent harping on artificially contrived fault lines that we have harboured and allowed unnecessarily to fester.”
“In addition, institutions such as civil service, police, the judiciary, the military all suffered from a general decline.”