By GWG Staff
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared himself as Nigeria’s best leader ever and chided critics who he claimed partook in the affairs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for having the impudence to criticize what he described as his Messianic efforts.
The president in his Independence Day broadcast also charged Nigerians to no longer expect fuel prices at present levels as he canvassed the increase of prices to meet international prices. He, however, did not say if local salaries would be adjusted to meet the international standards.
- Buhari declares himself Nigeria’s best leader ever.
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 – 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticize our efforts.
- Petroleum prices in Nigeria will go up.
We sell now at N161 per litre. A comparison with our neighbours will illustrate the point; a. Chad which is an oil producing country charges N362 per litre b. Niger, also an oil producing country sells 1 litre at N346. c. In Ghana, another oil producing country, petroleum pump price is N326 per litre.
Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre. It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia.
- The President recognized that Nigeria is sharply divided:
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 recognizing the fault lines and divisions the administration’s critics will be quick to assert that the Buhari administration compounded the fault lines with its policies and appointments.
NADECO leader, Chief Ayo Opadokun was quick to rebut the president’s stance on Thursday morning saying that his appointments in the security architecture of the country have been polarizing.