Some Nigerians have been described as ungrateful by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for failing to realize that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing so much with little resources.
Mohammed reported this at the Nigeria News Agency’s (NAN) Special Forum in Abuja on Tuesday.
With declining resources, the representative said that no government in the history of Nigeria has initiated programs to alleviate poverty among women and disadvantaged groups and created youth jobs as the Buhari administration had done.
As a minister, Mohammed added that his only disappointment was that some Nigerians have refused to recognize the efforts of the government but continue to celebrate adverse developments.
He said Nigerians were not giving credit to the government’s various intervention programs, such as the School Feeding Programme, with no fewer than 12.8 million pupils reportedly getting one free meal a day to develop their mental capacity.
“My regret in this government is Nigerians failed to appreciate that the government is doing much more with much less. 2010 to 2014, crude oil was selling from $100 to $140 per barrel, but the highest we have sold since we came in is $60,” he said.
“Sometimes, at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic, we were even paying for storage because nobody wanted to take our crude. With the drop in revenues and security challenges, this government has not retrenched one person but put in place programs to cushion the effects of the pandemic.”