The national publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a interview with Vanguard speaks on the first milestone, 100 days, of the new administration.
The APC’s dignitary speaks on Buhari’s successful moves and appointments. He also commented on the accusations of ethno-religious bias to the address of the president.
Read the excerpts from the interview below:
Six things that changed in Buhari’s 100 days (by Lai Mohammed)
1. New leadership and attitude that can inspire Nigerians.
2. Nigeria is now more open to the world (visits to G-7 summit, the USA, welcoming the UN secretary general in Nigeria and many more).
3. Nigeria now fights corrupt people, instead of celebrating them.
4. Buhari unites the neighbours, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Chad and Niger, in the fight against Boko Haram.
5. Recruitment of 10,000 policemen to boost security.
6. The president adopted a bailout package for about 20 states of the federation. It prevented a industrial crisis of a magnitude never witnessed.
There is nothing selective in the fight against corruption
“When people say the fight against corruption is selective, it is corrupt people fighting back. Today, we have APC politicians being investigated, we have PDP members being investigated. We have northerners, Christians, Muslims being investigated; so what are we talking about?
“Before now, it was said that stealing is not corruption but, today, people know that stealing is corruption.
“… (people) know that there is a new sheriff in town and that the sheriff is a no-nonsense sheriff.”
The hysteria greeting the administration’s 100 days is shocking
“The truth of the matter is that there is no document, no record, no proof that the president ever promised anybody, anything in 100 days. Whatever they are coming up with, is just forgery. The most conclusive evidence is what the president said in Chatham House.”
Controversial appointments: It is about time Nigerians start thinking as Nigerians
“We do not even believe we are a nation. We do not care whether the country survives or not, we must change this attitude.
“In the fullest of time, no part of Nigeria will be able to complain about northernisation when all the appointments are made. We know that there is no part of Nigeria where we do not have competent people with integrity.”
Those who say the president has been slow are eating their words now
“Like I have always said, you score a government at the end of its tenure. It is wrong for anybody to say that this government is slow. It is thorough and I believe that the outcome of the thoroughness is in the best interest of Nigerians.
“As to what Nigerians should expect in the next couple of months, I think they should expect governance. Three areas we are going to see improvement is good governance, which includes fight against corruption, cutting down the size of the bureaucracy, security and the economy. Already, the foundation has been laid.”